In a bombshell interview with Fox News Channel President Trump said he believes President Obama directed U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on his 2016 campaign.
The wide-ranging interview also touched on revelations that top Obama administration officials, including former Vice President Joe Biden, purportedly requesting to “unmask” the identity of Flynn — whose calls with the former Russian ambassador during the presidential transition were picked up in surveillance and later leaked.
“This was all Obama. This was all Biden. These people were corrupt,” Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “The whole thing was corrupt and we caught them.”
“But here’s the thing: It was impossible for it to happen without the man that sits right in that chair in the Oval Office. He knew everything,” he continued.
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Bartiromo then asked Trump, “Do you believe President Obama directed the U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on you?”
“Yes, he probably directed them, but if he didn’t direct them, he knew everything,” Trump said in response.
The president went on to say that people should be serving jail time for what they did to his campaign.
“They [FBI agents] weren’t after General Flynn. They wanted him to lie about me, make up a story,” Trump told Bartiromo. “And, with few exceptions, nobody did that.”
He added, “If I were a Democrat instead of a Republican, I think everybody would have been in jail a long time ago; and I’m talking with 50-year sentences.”
“It is a disgrace what’s happened,” he continued. “This is the greatest political scam, hoax in the history of our country.”