Trump Accuses Obama of Tapping His Phone: 'Sick'

The former intelligence chief's remarks followed Trump's accusation, made without producing any evidence, that Obama personally ordered wiretap surveillance of Trump Tower before the presidential election.

Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" he wrote.

Meanwhile, demands are increasing from across the USA political spectrum to examine Russian interference in the presidential election and contacts between Russian officials and senior members of Trump's team. How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process.

In another tweet Trump said it was a "new low" for the former president and compared it to "Nixon/Watergate".

Mr Trump turned to Congress on Sunday for help finding evidence to support his claim, but the move has potential risks for the president, particularly if the House and Senate intelligence committees unearth damaging information about Mr Trump, his aides or his associates. Trump made the typo-laden claims via Twitter early Saturday morning.

On Sunday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's This Week that Trump's latest accusations were inspired by multiple news reports.

Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Obama, branded the claims "simply false".

Obama, through a spokesman, denied that he or any White House official ordered such surveillance. Obama's spokesperson said that the charge was "simply false".

And, as one who has been engaged in intelligence, a member of the Gang of Eight, for a long time, I can tell that it's just ridiculous for the president, President Trump, to say that President Obama would ever order any wiretap of an American citizen, any president. Lindsey Graham said illegally wiretapping Trump would be troubling, but he said it would be equally concerning if Trump was legally surveilled.

"As part of that practice, neither Obama nor White House official ever ordered surveillance on any United States citizen".

He said there would be no further comment until the investigations are completed, a statement that House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi took offence to and likened to autocratic behaviour.

The FBI has investigated Trump associates' ties to Russian officials.

Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned last month in connection with his meetings with a Russian ambassador during the campaign.

  • Salvatore Jensen