A former aide to President Barack Obama said former administration officials were upset by President Donald Trump's unfounded wiretapping claims.
A former White House aide on Monday said former Obama administration officials were upset by President Donald Trump's unfounded claims that the Obama administration wiretapped him.
In an interview on CBS's "This Morning," Alyssa Mastromonaco, who served as deputy chief of staff under President Barack Obama, described the new administration's first 100 days as "pretty uncommon," saying the White House appeared to be ignoring protocols and reversing Obama administration positions "for sport."
Asked about whether Obama was personally upset by Trump's wiretap claim — which has been rebutted by congressional officials from both parties with knowledge of ongoing law enforcement and intelligence investigations — Mastromonaco described frustration she said past staffers had with the new president.
"I don't know how angry he is," Mastromonaco said. "I know the rest of us are pretty pissed."
When pressed, she added: "It's insane. It's an insane accusation. It's an insane accusation for a president to accuse another president of, and also anyone who knows Barack Obama knows he wouldn't do that."
Numerous notable former Obama administration officials have vehemently denied that Obama wiretapped Trump before the election.
Josh Earnest, the last press secretary of the Obama administration, said earlier this month that there were rules prohibiting presidents from personally interfering in a Department of Justice investigation.
"This may come as a surprise to the current occupant of the Oval Office, but the president of the United States does not have the authority to unilaterally order the wiretapping of an American citizen," Earnest told ABC.
He continued: "If the FBI decided to use their wiretapping authority in the context of the counterintelligence or criminal investigation, it would require FBI investigators, officials at the Department of Justice going to a federal judge, and making a case, and demonstrating probable cause to use that authority to conduct the investigation. That is a fact."
And while the new administration's attempts to substantiate the claims have unintentionally forced confrontations with key allies like the UK, Trump may face a new challenge this week when FBI Director James Comey testifies in front of Congress, where the director is expected to rebuke Trump's wiretap allegations.