Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is lending his support to President Donald Trump's explosive allegation about getting wiretapped, asserting his congressional phone also was secretly tapped by the Obama administration.
Kucinich was made aware of the recording by The Washington Times in 2015, two years after he left office, he wrote in a Fox News op-ed last week.
"I have never gone public with this story, but when I saw the derision with which President Trump's claims were greeted — and notwithstanding our political differences — I felt I should share my experience," he wrote.
"When the president raised the question of wiretapping on his phones in Trump Tower, he was challenged to prove that such a thing could happen. It happened to me."
Kucinich said his secretly recorded call occurred in 2011, in a his congressional office, during a call from Saif el-Islam Qaddafi, a high-ranking official in Libya's government and a son of the country's ruler, Moammar Qaddafi.
"I had a resolution in the House to try to stop the war" and Gadhafi "called me to talk about it," Kucinich told Fox News on Friday.
"I cleared the discussion with House attorneys, and a member of Congress is not supposed to be listened to by the executive branch," he said. "The director of national intelligence under President Obama was tracking my resolution, and I didn't find out until two years after I had left Congress."
In his op-ed on FoxNews.com the same day, Kucinich wrote: "This stuff does happen. And when I heard about what happened to President Trump or what he alleged happened, to me it seemed plausible because it happened to me."
Kucinich added he believes "the tape was made by an American intelligence agency and then leaked to the Times for political reasons," he said. "If so, this episode represented a gross violation of the separation of powers."
He wrote after the story was published by The Washington Times, "I alerted congressional leaders to the breach and then let the matter rest, assuming that a series of routine Freedom of Information Act requests I had made in 2012 before leaving office would provide answers."
"Five years later, I am still waiting for FOIA responses from some of the intelligence agencies," he wrote.
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