Trump Deflects Russian Contact revelations by Accusing Obama of Wire Tapping

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President Trump offered no evidence to support his claim that former president Barack Obama taped phones in Trump Tower before to the election.

Trump tweeted:

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Kevin Lewis, an Obama spokesman responded:

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.

Politico reported:

Trump’s allegation that Obama carried out “Nixon/Watergate”-like wire-tapping comes at a time when his own administration’s constant leaks and controversies have drawn comparisons to Nixon’s White House. His complaints of McCarthyism come from a president who was mentored by McCarthy adviser Roy Cohn and whose focus on rooting out undocumented immigrants has troubled critics who fear allegiance tests.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said

If there is something bad or sick going on, it is the willingness of the nation’s chief executive to make the most outlandish and destructive claims without providing a scintilla of evidence to support them,” said “No matter how much we hope and pray that this President will grow into one who respects and understands the Constitution, separation of powers, role of a free press, responsibilities as the leader of the free world, or demonstrates even the most basic regard for the truth, we must now accept that President Trump will never become that man.

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