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MARCH 4, 2017 - U.S. President Donald Trump accused his predecessor Barack Obama of "tapping" his phone lines at Trump Tower headquarters during last year's U.S Presidential campaign, without providing any evidence with respect the to the explosive charge.
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Trump leveled the charges in a series of tweets and he compared it to McCarthyism. “Bad (or sick) guy!” he said of his predecessor, adding that the surveillance resulted in “nothing found.” A spokesman for Obama did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
However, President Trump didn't offer any citations and also didn't point to any credible news report to back up his accusation, but he may have been referring to commentary on Breitbart, the media outlet previously run by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon suggesting that Obama and his administration used “police state” tactics last fall to monitor the Trump team's activities. The Breitbart story, published on March 3, 2016 (Friday), in turn, refered to calls from talk radio hosts Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh.
Trump repeatedly has denied having any personal ties to the Kremlin, and his aides have denied or played down contacts with Russian officials. But the accusations have continued amid almost daily leaks to the press that have revealed new details about links between Moscow and senior Trump officials.
One such revelation earlier this week in the Washington Post about a meeting between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prompted the Republican former US senator to recuse himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign's possible Russia ties.
Sessions had told a Senate committee under oath that he "did not have communications with the Russians," but reporters found that he had actually met the Russian ambassador twice in the months before taking up his post as attorney general, America's top law enforcement officer.
Also, various news reports found that other Trump associates, including Carter Page, an energy consultant and foreign policy adviser, had met with Kislyak during the 2016 campaign, contradicting previous statements by Trump’s campaign.
Trump has expressed his utter displeasure over the charges and the barrage of leaks that led to them -lashed out through multiple tweets directed at the top Democrats in the Republican-led Congress - Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi.
I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it. https://t.co/qCDljfF3wN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017