Without evidence, Trump accuses Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower


Early Saturday morning, Donald Trump posted a series of tweets accusing Barack Obama of tapping his phone lines — and possibly other types of “wires” — prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has not provided or cited any evidence whatsoever of any improper or illegal surveillance ordered by the Obama administration.

A spokesman for Barack Obama issued the following statement:

A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

A little over an hour later, Trump had turned his attention from an alleged domestic surveillance scandal to the poor ratings garnered by The Celebrity Apprentice under Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sources for this article include The New York Times and USA Today.

Update (3/6/2017): Over the weekend, in an interview with Chuck Todd of Meet the Press, Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed that the Obama administration did not tap Trump’s phones.

…there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.

The New York Times also has a piece tracing the sources of Trump’s accusations back to conspiracy talk radio and Breitbart News.

And finally, FBI Director James Comey has asked the Justice Department to publicly denounce Trump’s claims as baseless. Trump still has not offered any proof or cited any sources.

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