Michael D. Shear and Michael S. Schmidt, reporting for The New York Times:
Former officials pointed to longstanding laws and procedures
intended to ensure that presidents cannot wiretap a rival for
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White
House official ever interfered with any independent investigation
led by the Department of Justice,” said Kevin Lewis, a spokesman
for Mr. Obama. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama
nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S.
But a senior White House official said that Donald F. McGahn II,
the president’s chief counsel, was working on Saturday to secure
access to what the official described as a document issued by the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorizing surveillance
of Mr. Trump and his associates. The official offered no evidence
to support the notion that such a document exists; any such move
by a White House counsel would be viewed at the Justice Department
as a stunning case of interference.
The New York Times is reporting that a senior White House official told them that the president’s chief counsel spent today attempting to interfere with a Justice Department investigation of the president’s own campaign. This is not the action of an administration with nothing to hide.