Claim: The FBI has issued a warranted for the arrest of President Obama after confirming the former president authorised the wire-tapping of Trump Towers.
Originated from: TheLastLineOfDefense.org
Date(s) active: Mar 2017
Claims are spreading online that claim the FBI has issued an arrest for President Obama after confirming illegal wire-tapping of Trump Towers. The story leads back to an article written on the website TheLastLineOfDefense.org that reads in part –
Former president and breaker of laws, Barack Obama, will either surrender himself or be picked up by the FBI sometime today to be booked and charged with unlawful use of authority, wire fraud and conspiracy to interfere with free elections after it was confirmed that he ordered the tapping of the phones at Trump Tower during the presidential election.
The order, which isn’t something even a president can do without the signature of a federal judge, was to listen in on Trump and his children to try to find a connection to Russia. Nothing came of it since President Trump nor any of his campaign staff have ever been to, spoken with or had anything to do with Russia or its agents.
The rumours are false. While President Trump has indeed accused the former President of wire-tapping without (at the time of writing) presenting any evidence of any such activity, the claim that the FBI has issued a warrant for Obama’s arrest is pure fiction. The FBI have made no such statement – a claim that would undoubtedly garner plenty of media coverage.
The article on the site TheLastLineOfDefense.org was published on March 4th and a day after, the FBI director James Comey was reported as having asked the Justice Department to refute Trump’s claims. Neither the FBI or Justice Department have publicly commented on the matter.
As such, no warrant exists. TheLastLineOfDefense.org is actually a self-proclaimed fake news website. A disclaimer on its About Us page reads –
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As such, the story is demonstrably false. Our determination – fake news.