To paraphrase the Robert Downey Jr. character in "Tropic Thunder", "Never go full Nixon!"
Apparently, it was Susan Rice, Barack Obama's National Security Advisor, who illegally unmasked members of the Trump team, most likely in an attempt to do them political harm. According to the Chairman of the House Intel Committee, this intel had noting to do with Russia. Therefore, it probably had nothing to do with national security or Susan Rice's job. Ergo, it was Obama.
The real story is that it wasn't the Russians, but Barack Obama who tried to hack the election, the transition, and the new administration. This is looking more and more like an attempted coup d'etat.
If this stands up to scrutiny, it makes Nixon look like a piker.
Reminder: After Donald Trump tweeted that Barack Obama had his ""wires tapped"", Barack Obama's response DID NOT DENY that Trump's wires had been tapped, only that he hadn't ordered it!
A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.Barack Obama's response to Trump's accusation of "wire tapping"
Translation: It wasn't me who wiretapped you; it was Loretta Lynch. You know, the grandmother who met on the tarmac with grandpa Bill Clinton to discuss their grandchildren in the midst of a DOJ/FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton?
Of course, there is no need to ever perform a wiretap in the modern world, because all communications are recorded by the NSA. Unmasking and leaking the names of U.S. citizens, then, becomes the issue and the crime.
Curiously, a short time after Trump's tweet in early March, Barack Obama decamped to a private island in French Polynesia without his family. He's still there. I doubt the U.S. has an extradition treaty with this private island.