President Trump accuses former President Barack Obama of “treasonous” actions like “spying” in his new book, according to excerpts obtained by the Washington Examiner.
“What they did was treasonous, OK? It was treasonous,” Trump said to author Doug Wead during a promotion on the new book, “Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story of His Presidency.”
“The interesting thing out of all of this is that we caught them spying on the election. They were spying on my campaign. So you know? What is that all about?” Trump added. “I have never ever said this, but truth is, they got caught spying. They were spying.”
“Anybody else would be unable to function under the kind of pressure and distraction I had. They couldn’t get anything done. No other president should ever have to go through this. But understand, there was no collusion. They would have had to make something up,” he reportedly said in the excerpt.
The Washington Examiner adds:
In 2017, Trump tweeted that he felt the Obama White House “had my wires tapped” in Trump Tower. He later said he didn’t mean it literally but that he felt his campaign was being spied on.
Attorney General William Barr earlier this year said he was looking into whether “improper surveillance” may have occurred in 2016. “I think spying did occur,” he said.
He has tasked a prosecutor to look into Obama officials and other officials who sparked the Russia collusion investigation into Trump after a report showed no collusion. New reports on that investigation described it as “criminal” in nature.
The Trump administration is already investigating these allegations as the Justice Department launched an investigation into those who initiated the Russian probe.
U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing investigation has recently transitioned into a criminal probe, leading some people to believe he has found some offenses. Any potential offenses were reportedly learned after Attorney General Bill Barr took a meeting in Italy where he reportedly learned of a potential set-up between intelligence community officials and members of the 2016 Trump campaign.
Here’s more on the investigation, per Fox News:
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Barr reportedly told embassy officials in Italy that he “needed a conference room to meet high-level Italian security agents where he could be sure no one was listening in.”