Evidence will be declassified confirming former President Barack Obama was aware of intelligence agencies monitoring his replacement, President Trump said.
Secret documents will soon be released that shed further light on a controversial investigation into alleged Russian foreign interference in the 2016 general election.
The contents are promised to prove Obama participated in, or was at least aware of, the FBI’s surveillance of then President-elect Donald Trump.
“Here is the thing, it was impossible for it to happen without the man that sits right in that chair in the Oval Office, he knew everything,” he told Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” “Ultimately, the president knew everything, President Obama and Vice President [Joe] Biden knew everything … [and Obama] probably directed them but, if he did not direct them, he knew everything. You are going to see that when the papers come out.”
What did Obama know?
The president believes there is reasonable grounds to suspect Obama was involved in the government-funded espionage. He gave the example of a text message between then FBI Lawyer Lisa Page and FBI counterespionage chief Peter Strzok, discussing the previous president of the United States (POTUS) request for all the details of their surveillance.
“Remember when the Lisa Page text to her lover, saying POTUS wants to see everything?” he said. “They are not talking about me, I was not president [at the time.] They are talking about [how the] POTUS wants to see it.”
The president also criticized the investigator’s stealthy approach in questioning former U.S. National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn without first giving him the opportunity to seek legal representation.
“They snuck around White House counsel, they went to see a very unsuspecting general friend; he is a general, not a lawyer, they said you do not need a lawyer and they started asking him questions,” he said. “They probably brought up the Logan Act and they probably scared the hell out of him but … the whole [Robert] Mueller investigation was a fraud.”
He warned any investigator found guilty of misconduct could face serious consequences.
“Hopefully, the people involved are going to pay a big price because it should never be allowed to happen again,” he said. “What they did to these people is an international disgrace and all over the world they talk about it because this is not [how we do things in] America.”
Unauthorized leaking of classified government information can carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison under the Espionage Act.
“If this happened to Obama instead of to me, you know everybody would be in jail for years,” the president said. “It is a disgraceful thing but we caught him in the act … now it is like an avalanche of really bad, call it treason call it whatever you want but they tried to take down a duly elected president of the United States.”