Earlier this week Cory Heidelberger joined the establishment press in making this allegation against President Trump:
I would never make such a baseless charge, because I know that such behavior would gravely damage my credibility.
Yet President Donald Trump has made just such a charge against his predecessor. Neither the President nor anyone else has presented any evidence that Barack Obama wiretapped phones at Trump Tower before the 2016 election.
To fabricate wild claims and then demand investigations of those wild claims is a gross abuse of Presidential power. It also demonstrates Donald Trump’s failure to recognize his obligation to protect American credibility around the world by adhering to strict rules of evidence and fact-checking before opening his mouth.
Yesterday I responded with this:
So did Obama pull a Watergate? We don't know, and if the wiretap was illegal he would use the tactic of "plausible deniability" that President Reagan used on Iran-Contra. But to call Trumps claims baseless is premature at this point in time. Like the establishment media, Heidelberger wants to find fault with Trump. And Cory will never admit when he is wrong, because that would mean his credibility would be in question. Perhaps that is reason number one he has banned me from his web site.
When this story first broke I thought it only makes sense for Obama to have had wiretapped Trump's campaign, unless Obama's allegations that the Trump campaign collaborated with the Russians is a false. So far they have not produced the smoking gun. The only reason people believe it to be true is because the establishment media keeps repeating it as if it was fact. Time to do a little critical thinking.
Sure enough, on January 19, 2017 the New York Times made these so-called "fabricated wild claims":
Mr. Manafort is among at least three Trump campaign advisers whose possible links to Russia are under scrutiny. Two others are Carter Page, a businessman and former foreign policy adviser to the campaign, and Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative.
The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.
So it was the New York Times that started the wiretapping allegations, not Trump. Trump only repeated what was reported. The NYT even used the "W" word back in January:
In an interview on Thursday, Mr. Page expressed bewilderment about why he might be under investigation. He blamed a smear campaign — that he said was orchestrated by Mrs. Clinton — for media speculation about the nature of his ties to Russia.
“I did nothing wrong, for the 5,000th time,” he said. His adversaries, he added, are “pulling a page out of the Watergate playbook.”
Only I do not believe there are any recorded conversations from Obama ordering the wiretaps. As I said yesterday, "plausible deniability" will be the tactic. But, the wiretap allegations are not fantasies of Trump, but what was reported by the NYT several weeks ago.
So now the Cory Heidelberger and the establishment press has egg on their face, will there be any apologies to the President and the American people. As I said before, I doubt Cory will admit being because his hatred for the President is very strong. He said this today in celebrating the Republican lead South Senate to reject SJR 15 that commemorated the President with this statement:
Celebrate freedom, but try to limit the exercise of freedom of speech and press—such is the understanding of freedom of Trumpists like Tapio.
For Cory, freedom of speech and press means blocking those comments that point out that he is making false allegations on a public web site, so he doesn't have to admit to being wrong. And that freedom of press means they can trash a President by saying one thing in January, and then call it a lie in March when the President repeats it.