Barack Obama Denies Donald Trump's Unsubstantiated Wiretapping Claims

Barack Obama Denies Donald Trump's Unsubstantiated Wiretapping Claims

President Donald Trump made another shocking claim over the weekend, saying Saturday on Twitter that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower.

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"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism,” Trump tweeted in a six-part tirade that started at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and never offered any evidence to support his injurious claims.







Two former senior U.S. officials immediately dismissed Trump's accusations.

One referred to it as “just nonsense,” while another with direct knowledge of investigations by the Justice Department under the Obama administration said, "This did not happen. It is false. Wrong,"

That wasn't all. Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Obama, added that "any suggestion" that Obama or any White House official ordered surveillance against Trump is "simply false."

"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," Lewis said in a statement early Saturday afternoon. "As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false."

Even more, a former senior official said Obama could not have ordered such a surveillance even if he had wanted to. To do so, he would have had to take his request to an investigation judge, but a warrant was never sought.

This claim was echoed by former Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes on Twitter.

“No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” he tweeted.



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Trump's latest tweets are one of several wild claims he has made since becoming president that either directly go against facts or lack evidence to support them.