Barack Obama has rejected claims by U.S. President Donald Trump that he had wiretapped Trump in October during the late stages of the election campaign. Trump made the accusation in a series of tweets, without citing evidence, just weeks into his administration and amid rising scrutiny of his campaign’s ties to Russia. Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said: “Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.
“Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
A Trump spokeswoman said the Republican president is “having meetings, making phone calls and hitting balls” at his golf course in West Palm Beach.
Trump’s tweets caught his aides by surprise, with one saying it was unclear what the president was referring to.
Trump had alleged Obama had his wires tapped in Trump Tower just before his election victory.
The US President made the bizarre claim in a series of tweets but did not provide any evidence backing up the allegation.
He wrote: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”.
He followed the tweet with another two adding: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!
“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”
McCarthyism is defined as making allegations of subversion or treason with insufficient regard for evidence.
The 70-year-old did not offer any evidence Mr Obama was responsible for surveillance on his property.
Members of Congress said Trump’s allegations require investigation or explanation.
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called Trump’s assertion a “spectacularly reckless allegation.
“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,” Schiff said.