President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said during a Thursday appearance on “Fox & Friends” that the president “absolutely thinks” former President Barack Obama’s administration was “spying” on his campaign and argued that there was “no way” that the “spying” was not “vetted” by the top administration officials at the time.
While discussing Attorney General William Barr’s comment from his Wednesday Senate testimony — where he said he believed that “spying did occur” against the Trump presidential campaign — Lewandowski expressed his belief that “there was spying taking place” and that the “spying” occurred because the previous administration “didn’t like” the Trump campaign’s politics.
“You remember the mainstream media went apoplectic about this ‘Donald Trump is making these gross accusations with no foundation whatsoever.’ Well, fast forward to where we are now.
Two years later, we know that there was spying taking place. We know that they did it in violation of the Constitution. Even if they applied for a FISA warrant to spy on Americans, they did so because they did not like our politics.”
He continued on in the interview to say that the president “absolutely thinks that this went directly to the top of the previous administration” and claimed that “somebody sanctioned this.”
“There is no way an opportunity like this to spy on a political opponent was not vetted at the highest levels of the government. Whether it was Susan Rice or the Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes or Barack Obama himself; somebody sanctioned this.”
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“We’re American citizens. We fought for what we believed in,” Lewandowski added. “If the criteria is ‘we don’t like your politics, we can spy on you,’ guess what? The Democrats better be very concerned.”
Lewandowski’s comments came the day after Barr testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill where he said that he believed “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle.