Trump accuses Obama of having 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 04, 2017,
Mar 04, 2017, 18:10
The Hill reported that on Friday, Breitbart News (which was formally run by Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon) reported on by a conservative radio host that Obama used "police state tactics" in a "silent coup" against the incoming Trump administration.
That led right-wing website Breitbart to run a 989-word story on Levin's accusations on Friday.
Trump tweeted to his 25-million-plus followers on Saturday about the alleged wire tap, yet did not provide any evidence or sources, other than a series of typically staccato posts. He then blamed Obama of McCarthyism.
In Pelosi's case, Trump linked to a Politico report in which a group photo of her across the table from Kislyak contradicted her earlier statement that she had never met the Russian ambassador. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
But it has now emerged that a slew of associates aside from Sessions and already fired national security advisor Michael Flynn met Kislyak before Trump took office. "A NEW LOW!" he added in subsequent tweets. But Trump nearly certainly "found out" via Joel Pollack's March 3 article on Breitbart, summarizing conservative talk radio pundit Mark Levin's theory that Obama is orchestrating a "silent coup" against Trump.
"How low has President Obama gone to tap (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process".
It wasn't clear what, exactly, Trump was referring to as he raged again his predecessor, whom he labeled a "bad (or sick) guy!".
Moments earlier, Trump had also linked Obama to Attorney General Jeff Sessions's meetings a year ago with Russia's ambassador to Washington.
Trump's tweets were issued two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would recuse himself from any investigations into possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. During his confirmation hearing, Sessions indicated under oath that he had no contact with Russian officials.
"Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jess Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times past year alone", he wrote.
Trump's statements also come as controversy surrounding his campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation has increased in recent weeks. In addition, Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, spoke with the ambassador last summer, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting.