Over the weekend, President Donald Trump accused former president Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower prior to the November election.
On Sunday, former attorney general Michael Mukasey, who served under President George W. Bush, said Trump’s accusations were both right and wrong.
“I think he’s right in that there was surveillance and that it was conducted at the behest of the attorney general — at the Justice Department,” Mukasey told ABC in an interview.
According to The Hill, Mukasey claimed the reasons behind the tapping were most likely because there was suspicion someone had been acting as a Russian agent, not to attain information for election purposes.
“It means there was some basis to believe that somebody in Trump Tower may have been acting as an agent of the Russians for whatever purpose,” he said. “Not necessarily the election, but for some purpose.”
After Trump made the comment in a tweet, a spokesperson for Obama denied the accusation, altogether.
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” Kevin Lewis said in a statement.
“As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen,” Lewis added. “Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
H/T: The Hill
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