Trump Accuses Obama Of Tapping His Phones In Wild Twitter Rant
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 06, 2017,
Mar 06, 2017, 4:17
Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis called the claim "simply false" and said Obama never ordered surveillance on any American citizen.
"A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice".
The president sparked a firestorm on Saturday by leveling a stunning and unsubstantiated accusation against his predecessor, suggesting Obama ordered surveillance on his residence at New York's Trump Tower.
Obama, via a spokesman, has denied any allegation of wiretapping as "simply false".
TRT World's Nafisa Latic reports.
According to Trump, the incident took place around a month before he was elected and when he was still a candidate for the White House. During an interview with "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, Trump also blamed Obama and his supporters for organized demonstrations that have sprung up nationwide since the election and for leaks that have hindered Trump's messaging. A senior USA official confirmed the newspaper's reporting to NBC News.
Trump offered no proof or evidence, and proceeded to call the former president a "bad (or sick) guy".
Of course, it was Trump himself who claimed, in a freakish series of tweets Saturday morning, that his predecessor had wiretapped his communications during the campaign.
Trump accused his predecessor of allegedly "wire tapping" his NY premises in a series of tweets early Saturday in which he decried the supposed surveillance as "McCarthyism".
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"Trump's team cited multiple reports to back up this claim, but it's clear only one is at the root of Trump's claim: a November 2016 blog post based on anonymous sources that has not been corroborated by independent US journalists", Politifact wrote.
That, he said, could mean there had been evidence of activity between the Trump campaign and foreign governments.
It is said to have begun with an executive order issued by President Harry Truman in March 1947, requiring all federal employees within the American civil service to be screened for "loyalty".
Presidents can not legally order wiretaps against U.S. citizens.