On march 2nd, 2017, President Trump tweeted that he had been wire tapped prior to his election. The tweet: “ Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” This was followed by a second tweet and I quote again, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
Less than two days later the Atlantic magazine (also an online presence) declared that Trump had made a false accusation. Wow, a verdict already? In order for the Atlantic to reach this speedy conclusion a number of assumptions had to made, all of which favored the Obama Administration. It was all based on opinions, no actual evidence relevant to the charge. For that part, it could take weeks or months to sort out.
For example, the Atlantic wrote, “If, hypothetically, a judge did approve a warrant for electronic surveillance of Trump officials, that would mean the judge was persuaded there was probable cause to believe they were going to commit a crime or were communicating with agents of a foreign power–and that the gravity of the circumstances justified approving the request, even in the face of the massive potential political fallout.”
Already they (Atlantic) have made an incorrect statement fact. (See wire tap requirements as noted in the previous article).
However, this is not about the Atlantic, this is about the President and the allegations at hand. Was there or wasn’t there a wire tap, that is the question?
We’ve heard the pundits talk about probable cause, FISA, the DOJ, FBI, etc., but it’s these are complicated areas that can be sorted out later. Trump made a very serious charge, now it’s up to him to show us some proof. This is how the American justice system works and this is what we the people expect from our president. The charges are monumentally serious, so President Trump better have his ducks in order, but so far we’ve not even heard a quack.
The passing of time without a showing of substantive evidence does not help the President’s case, particularly in the court of public opinion where perceptions are quickly formed into something akin to concrete. In the latter instance, perceptions can be long lasting and are very difficult to undue. Trump must show us that he had at the very least some “probable cause” to believe the allegation were true, anything short of that is not very presidential.
On a related note, I found it unfathomable and therefore unsettling, that right after President Trump dropped this nuclear bomb of a tweet, that he moved on to glibly commenting about his former TV show, The Apprentice. Wha? That’s like saying, “We’ve decided to nuke North Korea, and oh by the way, did you see the latest episode of the Bachelor, wasn’t that a hoot?”
Well, looking on the bright side, we did enjoy 4 days of relative calm following the president’s address to Congress where he scored a home run. So, until this scandal is brought under control, I pray that President Trump stops with the tweeting and let’s his team earn their money.