J. Christian Adams: If It Happened, Trump Wiretapping Makes Watergate 'Look Like a Joke'

PJM's J. Christian Adams was on Fox News' "Justice With Judge Jeanine" on Saturday to discuss allegations by President Trump that his campaign was "tapped" by the Obama administration. The discussion was in response to Trump's Saturday morning tweet: "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

Judge Jeanine Pirro read a statement from an Obama spokesman claiming, "As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen."

Pirro said that the operative word in that statement was "ordered." Adams, a former Department of Justice official, agreed.

"That's exactly right," he said. "There's a big difference between 'ordered' and knowing everything else about it."

"If this happened," he explained, "folks need to understand, this is what the tactics of a police state are—to use intelligence gathering services against political opponents. If this happened, we've crossed a very dangerous line in America. It makes Watergate look like a joke." He reminded viewers that the "Watergate" scandal involved bugging the office of a secretary with 1950s-era hardware.

"Americans are going to learn what the Deep State is," Adams warned, "because that intelligence information about Mike Flynn, his conversations with the Russians...it got out into the Washington Post. That's exactly how it is working in a very dangerous fashion when intelligence operations are becoming political weapons." He added that this is all part of a deliberate campaign being engineered to "smear and delegitimize" President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and to hamstring the administration.

Watch the whole interview below, along with an interview Adams did with "Fox & Friends" explaining the FISA application process. Also, watch below as Mark Levin connects the dots in this case.