Trump Believes That Obama's People Were Caught Red-Handed On Surveillance Of His Headquarters In 2016
The US President believes that the administration of his predecessor in this post, Barack Obama, was caught red-handed on surveillance in 2016 of the election headquarters of Donald Trump. The head of state said this on Thursday at a meeting with voters in Wisconsin, organized by Fox News.
"This is corruption. We caught them red-handed, I've been talking about it for a long time, but I don't know many details. And now it turns out that they really spied on my staff," Trump said, answering a question about the decision of the court of appeals of the capital district of Columbia, which ordered a lower court to dismiss the case of former national security assistant to President Michael Flynn.
"This is [state] treason, for which they give prison terms of 50 years," the head of state continued. He expressed confidence that Flynn would have been sentenced to such a term of imprisonment if people like House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer had been at the helm of the leadership. From the point of view of Trump, Flynn did not do anything wrong, having a conversation with the Russian Ambassador in early 2017.
In February 2017, Flynn was forced to resign from this post because he allegedly did not fully inform US Vice President Michael Pence about conversations with Sergey Kislyak, who was previously Russia's Ambassador to Washington. Flynn later pleaded guilty to hiding some information about his contacts with Kislyak from the FBI.
The Department of Justice announced on May 7 that the criminal prosecution against Flynn was terminated, but on May 12, Federal District of Columbia judge Emmet Sullivan ordered a hearing of non-parties to the case regarding the trial. The court of appeal overturned that decision this week.
Flynn's case is being considered as part of an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Trump and his key aides have repeatedly denied suspicions of any improper contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 election campaign. Moscow has also repeatedly called baseless claims about attempts to influence the course of the US presidential election.