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Report: Trump Made Wiretapping Allegation After Aide Slipped Breitbart Story Into Reading Pile

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President Donald Trump accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower after a White House aide slipped a thinly-sourced story into his daily reading pile, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The AP reported that on a typical day, Trump wakes up before 6 A.M. to start watching cable news. “A short time later, he’s given a stack of newspapers — including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Washington Post and, long his favorite, The New York Post — as well as a pile of printed articles from other sources including conservative online outlets like Breitbart News.”

One such Brietbart story was reportedly the accusation from Mark Levin that Obama had wiretapped the Trump campaign. “An aide placed that piece in Trump’s daily reading pile, said a White House official, who like other aides would not be named discussing the president’s private routine. Fueled by that report on Saturday, Trump unleashed a series of jaw-dropping tweets that accused his predecessor of spying on him,” AP wrote.

The piece doesn’t reveal who the aide was or how high-ranking they are. “The president’s clip file is assembled by junior aides, though senior staffers occasionally slip in an article they want him to see,” the AP noted.

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