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It's a trap! Story that FBI issued warrant for Obama in Trump wiretapping case is fake

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President Donald Trump’s unproven allegations that former President Barack Obama wiretapped phones in Trump Tower have proven to be a petri dish for fake news.

In the last two weeks, multiple fake news sites have written stories claiming that the FBI has a warrant out for Obama’s arrest stemming from allegations he wiretapped Trump’s phones.

"FBI issues Warrant For Obama’s Arrest After Confirming Illegal Trump Tower Wiretap," read the headlines on multiple fake news sites. Facebook flagged several claims as part of its efforts to weed out fake news from its news feeds.

These stories don’t have a grain of truth. There’s no warrant out for Obama’s arrest, and he’s definitely not getting arrested by the FBI. We’ve also found no evidence to support Trump’s claim that the wiretapping even took place.

Most of the stories are all essentially identical, saying that Obama will be "picked up by" the FBI sometime today or be charged with unlawful use of authority for ordering an illegal wiretap on the phones in Trump Tower.

The stories also quote a "spokesman" for the FBI, Todd McMartin, who supposedly told Fox News: "The proof is undeniable. Obama basically confessed in a private call to one of Hillary Clinton’s aides that he had the Trump Tower tapped and we can’t find any federal order legally authorized by a judge to do so."

It’s pretty obvious that quote is made up, though. This story about Obama’s arrest is originally from a site full of faux news stories, TheLastLineOfDefense.org.

TheLastLineOfDefense.org doesn’t identify the warrant story as fake, but the About Us page notes that "all articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney."

We rate this claim Pants on Fire!

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Prosecutors in Taiwan announced on Tuesday that the island’s former president Ma Ying-jeou had been indicted over the handling of classified information in a 2013 wiretapping case.

If convicted, Mr. Ma faces a maximum of three years in prison.

President Donald Trump’s unproven allegations that former President Barack Obama wiretapped phones in Trump Tower have proven to be a petri dish for fake news.

Forty-eight jurisdictions (the federal government, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 44 states) currently have laws that authorize courts to issue orders permitting wire, oral, or electronic surveillance.

Electronic Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment. The Olmstead Case .--With the invention of the microphone, the telephone, and the dictograph recorder, it became possible to ''eavesdrop'' with much greater secrecy and expediency.

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