Trump’s Pinocchio Nose Lengthens: Baseless, Reckless Wiretapping Claims are Tweeted James Clapper
ertainly the Russians have to be chortling about the success of their efforts to sow dissension in this country” James Clapper, who for six years served as President Obama’s director of National intelligence, told Chuch Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

If the envelope’s was addressed to the Russians, the message inside was certainly intended for the present deranged occupant of the White House who lately has cavalierly charged, via tweet, that former president Obama tapped his phone while he was president elect in 2016. Clapper has denied that there ever was a FISA court ordered warrant for a surveillance operation on Trump’s Tower. So have spokespersons for Obama. In fact, no president can order a wire tap solely on his own authority.

The alleged charge echoed a Breibart article which detailed accusations made by conservative radio host Mark Levin. Meanwhile White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the Press that the president will make no further comments on the claim. Obviously this is a ruse attempting to deflect attention; another rabbit sent out, a rather familiar pattern by now.

Leon Panetta, former secretary of defense and CIA director perhaps explained it best on Face the Nation when he speculated on Trump’s motives: "What I see here is that this president is making the same mistake past presidents made when they faced scandals, that he is trying to divert attention. They are trying to obfuscate. They’re trying to cover up. They are trying to somehow raise other issues. And, in the end, it is going to be the truth that will determine what is involved here, and not tweets, but the truth."

Even a number of Republicans are upset on this latest violation of public trust by a president who seems incapable of grasping the very concept of truth and honesty. Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska on Saturday called for nonpartisan statesmanship. "We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust, and the president's allegations today demand the thorough and dispassionate attention of serious patriots. A quest for the full truth, rather than knee-jerk partisanship, must be our guide if we are going to rebuild civic trust and health."

Meanwhile Trump’s Pinocchio nose keeps getting longer and longer.

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Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

Professor Paparella has earned a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism, with a dissertation on the philosopher of history Giambattista Vico, from Yale University. He is a scholar interested in current relevant philosophical, political and cultural issues; the author of numerous essays and books on the EU cultural identity among which A New Europe in search of its Soul, and Europa: An Idea and a Journey. Presently he teaches philosophy and humanities at Barry University, Miami, Florida. He is a prolific writer and has written hundreds of essays for both traditional academic and on-line magazines among which Metanexus and Ovi. One of his current works in progress is a book dealing with the issue of cultural identity within the phenomenon of “the neo-immigrant” exhibited by an international global economy strong on positivism and utilitarianism and weak on humanism and ideals.