FBI Director James Comey comments on the matter

Since taking office, the Trump administration has been the center of several controversies revolving around policy and certain officials in relation with the Russian debacle, though, one particular accusation may be one of the death nails on the coffin in which the Trump presidency will forever rest.Trump accused former President Barrack Obama of an impeachable crime via tweet asking how low the president had gone to tap his phones during the electoral process. He then proceeded to compare it to the Watergate scandal.

When pressed, Trump’s defense was; he used ‘quotes’ in his tweet so he could have meant almost anything by it. The tweet in question clearly seems to be an accusation against the Obama administration during the sacred electoral process as described, no less.

Whether or not President Trump believes in the validity of the accusation does not seem possible to discern and is irrelevant to an extent. The point is an accusation leveled by a president should be treated the same way an accusation from a private citizen against another would be. According to Noah Feldman from Bloomberg, it should be more about factual truth than carelessness.

FBI Director James Comey comments on the matter

During a hearing with the House intelligence committee on Monday, FBI Director James Comey claimed that he did not have enough information to support the claims. Comey testified as part of an ongoing investigation into a possible collaboration between the Trump team and the Russian government.


In the opening statement, Comey admitted the FBI was also investigating claims that the Russian government interfered with the recent election, though, he emphasized he would not delve into details of the investigation yet. He did, however, denounce the wiretap claims made by the president and claimed both the Department of Justice and the FBI agreed the allegations made about wiretapping did not have any basis.

When he was asked by California Representative Adam Schiff concerning the tweets by President Trump on the matter, he told the House Intelligence Committee “no individual in the United States can direct electronic surveillance of anyone.”

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Trump’s Tweets, Legislation and past scenarios

Trump did not show signs of backing down. In one of the tweets, he drew comparisons between the alleged wiretap activity and the Watergate scandal of the 70s that led to the eventual impeachment and resignation of President Richard Nixon. The question is where Comey’s statements leave the president.

Donald Trump does not show any sign of backing off the wiretap claims, but some sources claim an unsupported allegation like that could lead to grounds for impeachment. Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee agrees with the claim.

In an interview with The Houston Chronicle on Sunday, she stated that if Comey were to confirm that Trump’s claims did not have a base, then it would be possible for the tweets to be considered ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ which is a criterion for impeachment under the Constitution.

The constitutional definition of high crimes and misdemeanors is not clear, though. Ironically, it was the same vague language which allowed the GOP to try and impeach Bill Clinton on the grounds of inappropriate personal conduct, which interestingly, had no relation to his official duties as the commander in chief at the time.

Through pursuing impeachment for the scenario of former President Clinton, the Republicans set the bar really low. It is, in fact, possible there are other more serious offenses Trump would be or will be impeached for, though at the time, this is a valid question to ponder.

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  1. Clinton was impeached for lying to the federal grand jury. Not for inappropriate conduct. Nice try to re-write history.


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