President Trump could be in for a possible humiliation when James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) testifies to House Intelligence Committee. The president has suggested that he was spied upon by the orders of Barack Obama, the former US President. It is expected that Comey will deny about the wiretapping, debunk all allegations made by the current President of the United States of America.
Wiretap and Comey
The wiretapping controversy came to the fore when President Trump in his tweets during early mornings drew a resemblance between McCarthyism and Watergate. He said that Obama was a sick or bad guy. The present president said that his predecessor had ordered surveillance on him. Former President Obama denied quickly through his spokesperson.
The appearance of Comey will underline the strange and influential role played by the FBI Director during the presidential elections. Many Democrats hold the belief that it was his testimony which tilted the presidential election in Trump’s favor. Comey’s explanation towards usage of private email server by Hillary Clinton antagonized voters against the Democratic Party. His role at present is a politically explosive one with Democrats trying to nail Trump with claims of criminal dealing by Trump’s election campaign participants and Russian intelligence and also political officials.
This hearing may also determine the extent to which the Russian Government has tried to put its hand in the presidential election. The FBI has investigated this matter as well. It is the fervent hope of Republicans that the FBI Director will say there is no evidence of any kind of collusion between Russian officials and Trump aides prior to the US presidential election.
Trump distractions and consternation
All such controversies cab be regarded as political distractions during a time when Trump faces opposition over the repeal of Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. There is also the not-so-small matter of the budget which will define the president’s initial 100 days in the Oval office.
Tweets sent out by President Trump has not only caused consternation at home, they have also led to an international diplomatic fallout. The British were angry at the White House spokesperson Sean Spicer’s claim that the UK Government was used by former President Obama in operation. Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, was also angry when Trump said that he and Merkel had something common. The German chancellor suffered her phone being tapped by American intelligence.