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According to President Trump, former President Obama is another Nixon. Really?

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President Trump mentioned that the "enemy of the people" writes articles saying, "sources said" without identifying by name the "source." This omission makes the story not true, fake news, scandalous, irresponsible, and malicious slander.

Part of the "scandalous" news was the report that Trump's national security advisor, Michael Flynn, had been in contact with Russian operatives and had a background of dealing with Russia. Amidst Trump's and his communication surrogates of "fake news" "irresponsible" "false accusations" Flynn was fired because it turned out he had lied to the Vice President on his Russian involvement. So the news as it turned out was not "fake news."

This has not stopped Trump from continuing his attacks on the press and has banned the nation's most respected and oldest news media services such as the Washington Post (55 Pulitzer Prizes) and New York Times (119 Pulitzer Prizes) newspapers. President Trump wants the nation to believe that the "freedom of the press" has turned against him for purely selfish and vindictive reasons.

Within days, the Washington Post reported that his newly confirmed Attorney General, Jefferson B. Sessions, had meetings with the Russian Ambassador, but had denied under oath to the Senate Committee reviewing his confirmation. Again, it was "fake news" was Trump's claim. But as it turned out, it is true --- and worse as it turned attention on several other Trump staff and consultants meetings and relationships with Russian officials so Trump's Russian fiasco grows.

Sessions has recused himself from investigation dealing with anything to do with the Trump campaign and with relationships with Russia who among other accusations there is the question of interference in the presidential elections.

The Russian connection that Trump has very often denied exists between himself, his family, his White House staff and campaign surrogates is falling apart -- more and more evidence is coming out that Trump himself has been less than truthful on this matter as video and written evidence is finding its way into media outlets. Trump seems to be headed into a corner which will surely lead to very bad news for him and probably endanger his presidency at very minimum force him to release his tax returns to determine whether there is a conflict of interest and a cover up of his relationship with Russian money making efforts that one of his sons has called "substantial."

Trump is a champion on altering the course of issues --- he needs to desperately get attention focused in a very dramatic and opposite direction -- so he does what he does best -- takes to Twitter to communicate with his loyal followers.

According to Trump's Tweet --- he has "just found out that Obama had his office bugged" ---- of course he made no mention of who it was that provided him with the information, no names, no sources and no evidence. How is that for turning the issue in another direction while forgetting his complaint about the press using "sources" without naming them?

Trump who tells us that he has no faith in some of the most credible sources seems to have gotten his information (though he did not mention them) from a alt-right radio commentator who suggested in defense of Trump and his staff/consultants discovered Russian connections, that the real scandal was that Obama had Trump's communications tapped and was listening to all conversations. How did this commentator find out? Who knows? But it seems that Trump added to this indicating that a court denied the tapping. So if that is the case, he obviously is suggesting that Obama broke a lot of laws in committing the crime.

Possibly President Trump is not aware of the seriousness of his accusation -- he is in fact saying that former President Obama is duplicating President Nixon's Watergate event. In order for such a presidential order to undertake this, the FBI and the court (5 judges with secret clearance) have to be involved, as a warrant needs to be issued. In order to get the warrant, superior evidence has to be presented in the case of a presidential candidate otherwise the warrant will not be given.

To this Trump will need to say that this was not done through the FBI or the court, rather Obama surrogates that undertook the clandestine mission --- wow, if he takes this route, good luck. Particularly since he would then need to explain how he found out, and how it was accomplished --- are there witnesses? Does President Trump believe that the accusation will not bring investigation, demand for proof, and that this could brand him a liar and truly do irreparable damage to his presidency?

In short his is a very foolish attempt at deviating from the issue at hand --- what is his and his staff members relationship with Russia, how much business does Trump have there, and show the tax returns to show whether the truth is being told?

So a bit of advice to President Trump ---- if you will stick to your story of your offices being bugged -- don't accuse former President Obama --- accuse the Russians.

 

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