Bill O'Reilly: Trump's Obama wiretapping claims have 'harmed the president himself'

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Longtime host of FOX News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Bill O'Reilly was critical on Monday of Trump's judgment in accusing former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower, saying the president would be wise to "embrace only facts in his pronouncements."

FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers provided testimony in a rare public hearing on Monday, offering answers to House Intelligence Committee questions around both Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump's campaign, as well as Trump's claim that Obama oversaw a wiretap of his Trump Tower penthouse.

O'Reilly described Monday's hearing, saying "It was clear from the beginnings there was a political agenda, as there always is."

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Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort signed on as Donald Trump's campaign manager in March 2016. A longtime Republican strategist and beltway operative, Manafort had previously served as an adviser to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich -- a pro-Russia leader who was violently ousted in 2014. Manafort resigned from his campaign position in August 2016 amid questions over his lobbying history in Ukraine for an administration supportive of Russia. The former campaign manager reportedly remained in Trump's circle during the post-election transition period.

Michael Flynn

Gen. Michael Flynn was named President Trump's national security adviser in November of 2016. Flynn reportedly met and spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, at one point discussing sanctions. Flynn originally told Vice President Pence he did not discuss sanctions -- a point the Department of Justice said made the national security adviser subject to blackmail. Flynn resigned from his position in February.

Sergey Kislyak

Outgoing Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak is the Russian official U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions -- communication Sessions denied during his Senate committee hearing testimony.

Roger Stone

Stone is a longtime Republican political consultant who served as a campaign adviser to Trump who continued to talk with the then-GOP candidate after stepping away from his adviser role. Stone claimed last year that he had knowledge of the planned WikiLeaks release of emails pertaining to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Stone recently admitted to speaking via direct message with "Guccifer 2.0" -- an online entity U.S. officials believe is tied to Russia. Stone says the correspondence was “completely innocuous.”

Jeff Sessions

Former U.S. senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama joined Trump's campaign as a foreign policy adviser in February 2016. Sessions was nominated to be U.S. attorney general by President Trump and was then confirmed by the Senate. Reports then emerged that Sessions had spoken twice with Sergey Kislyak while he was senator -- a fact that he left out of his Senate hearing testimony. Instead, he said in writing that he had not communicated with any Russian officials during the campaign season. Sessions defended himself saying he had spoken with Kislyak specifically in a senate capacity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

James Comey

Carter Page

Page worked for Merrill Lynch as an investment banker out of their Moscow office for three years before joining Trump's campaign as a foreign policy adviser. During his time with Merrill Lynch, Page advised transactions for two major Russian entities. Page has called Washington "hypocritical" for focusing on corruption and democratization in addressing U.S. relations with Russia. While Page is someone Trump camp has seemingly tried to distance itself from, Page recently said he has made frequent visits to Trump Tower.

J.D. Gordon

Before Gordon joined the Trump campaign as a national security adviser in March 2016, he served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2005 through 2009. Like others involved in Trump-Russia allegations, Gordon met with ambassador Kislyak in July at the Republican National Convention, but has since denied any wrongdoing in their conversation. He advocated for and worked to revise the RNC language on and position toward Ukraine relations, so it was more friendly toward Russia's dealings in the country.


Comey confirmed during his testimony that the FBI had launched a criminal investigation into any collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, and disputed Trump's claim that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower. White House press secretary Sean Spicer later came out with an opposing statement, O'Reilly notes, saying "...there will be more tap information forthcoming, especially about the Gen. Flynn situation."

"That controversy is what drove President Trump to accuse President Obama," O'Reilly said on his program Monday night, commenting on the back-and-forth of the Trump-Russia storyline. "Mr. Trump is so infuriated that the media has obsessed on the alleged Russia connection, that he lashed out."

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"The accusation that President Obama was actively involved in harming the Trump campaign has now harmed the president himself."

FOX News suspended legal analyst Andrew Napolitano indefinitely on Monday, according to a Los Angeles Times report, after he stated in certain terms that Obama had "went outside the chain of command..." in regard to Trump's wiretapping claims.

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