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


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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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.