Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly declared to CNN this afternoon that Donald Trump has “compelling evidence” that then-President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of the home of and offices of Donald Trump during the 2016 Election. He also went on to say he didn’t know why Barack Obama would have done so.
Kelly is a retired military general who was confirmed as the new Secretary of Homeland Security on President’ Trump’s recommendation just a few weeks earlier:
“If the president of the United States said that, he’s got his reasons to say it,” Kelly said Monday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “He’s got some convincing evidence that that took place.”
Kelly didn’t go so far as to say what the evidence was, or if he had personally reviewed it himself. At this point he simply appears content to let the media know he believes it does exist and is supporting President Trump’s claim that his home and offices were bugged by the previous Obama administration in the middle of a presidential election. He also took a swipe at CNN’s claims of having “sources” who are now making claims of what FBI Director James Comey has or hasn’t said regarding the matter. (As of now, Comey has made no public statement regarding the claimed Obama wire tapping of Trump Tower.)
Given his long history as a no-nonsense and highly decorated military man, and current position as the head of the single largest U.S. government agency, Kelly’s words carry considerable weight.