David Horowitz, author of the bestselling book "Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America," says he believes former President Barack Obama did snoop on President Donald Trump at Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential race, but is "protected" from being caught.
"Every communication that the NSA can get its hands on, which is every communication that any American engages in, is on file at the NSA headquarters," Horowitz said Wednesday to Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live."
"The question is can you open the communication and read it. That's what spying would be. The law says you have to get a FISA judge to okay it. In fact, Obama did go to a FISA judge and was rejected on one occasion and got through on another.
"But the real question is since Obama is the commander in chief, he has access to all these communications. Does anybody in his right mind think that Obama would let the law get in the way of … the war he has declared on Trump? Obama has no respect for the law as we know from many cases."
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Horowitz cited the IRS scandal in which the agency was charged with targeting tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status — which he said Obama insisted showed "not a smidgen of corruption."
He also said Obama covered up "foreign corruption" and granted amnesty after he said he couldn't.
"So of course Obama looked into the Trump Tower, but the fact is it was surveilled … nobody can prove that Obama did it or didn't do it because he's protected," Horowitz said.
Trump has been under fire for declaring on Twitter that Obama "wiretapped" the phones at his Trump Tower skyscraper on Fifth Avenue in New York City, despite several U.S. intelligence officials saying it didn't happen.
On Wednesday, leaders of the House Select Committee on Intelligence — Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, and Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat D-Calif. — said they've seen no evidence to support Trump's claims.
"Big Agenda" — the first major book on the Trump administration — has spent four weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and is also listed as a No. 1 bestseller in several Amazon categories. It is published by Humanix.
Horowitz, a former card-carrying liberal turned leading conservative, is founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and has been a close mentor and adviser to many of Trump's top aides.
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