President Donald J. Trump openly stated that Obama’s White House spied on his presidential campaign in 2016, specifying that the former Democrat committed a “treasonous” act.

Such statements are found in the new book “Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story of His Presidency” by writer Doug Wead. “What they did was treasonous, OK? It was treasonous,” the president said, according to quotes published by the Washington Examiner.

“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?” said the president.

“I have never ever said this, but truth is, they got caught spying. They were spying,” said President Trump who then added, “Obama.”

“Abuse of surveillance powers”

The accusations come on top of assertions made in April by Attorney General William Barr, who determined that he should ensure that the Obama administration did not “abuse its surveillance powers.”

“I think spying did occur. But the question is whether it was predicated—adequately predicated,” Barr said in another Washington Examiner report.  “I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that. I think it’s my obligation. Congress is usually very concerned about intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane.”

“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It’s a big deal,” he added as he reviewed the reasons that led the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

“They were spying on my campaign!”

“It turned out I was right. By the way,” President Trump told Wead in excerpts quoted by the Washington Examiner. “In fact, what I said was peanuts compared to what they did. They were spying on my campaign,” President Trump said. 

“They got caught and they said, ‘Oh we were not spying. It was actually an investigation.’ Can you imagine an administration investigating its political opponents?” the president added, explaining that the failed and exhaustive investigation that was launched against him during his first two years in office, which he dubbed a “witch-hunt,” was actually aimed at weakening his presidency.

“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 concluded.

In that context, the Department of Justice elevated to “criminal” an ongoing inquiry into the facts and situations that led the FBI to open a controversial investigation into possible interference in the 2016 elections, and the reasons why it intended to link President Trump to the matter.

The change to “criminal investigation” will allow prosecutor John Durham, appointed by Barr to lead the investigation, the ability to “cite witness testimony and documents, summon a grand jury, and bring criminal charges.”

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