(PPN) – This past Saturday, Donald Trump went on a Twitter rave about predecessor President Barack Obama wiretapping his phones during the campaign last year. Over his short period in office, Trump has mentioned a lot of things without proof of evidence, and this is another one.
FBI director James B. Comey asked the Department of Justice to refute Mr. Trump’s wiretapping claim publicly. Trump accused Obama of ordering surveillance of Trump’s phones in connection with an Russian investigation. A spokesman for Obama called the charge “simply false” because Trump has not provided any evidence to back up his allegation.
One tweet read “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
Trump also tweeted “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” He also invoked Nixon and Watergate while misspelling the word “tap”.
By law, presidents do not order wiretaps. Any wiretap in connection with an investigation of Russia would have to be approved by a special court acting under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Comey wants this unproved claim to be removed because it insinuates that the FBI broke the law.
Yesterday, Trump’s spokesperson said “Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted.”
Democrats believe that Trump may have made this false claim to distract people from the Russia investigation that could involve him and some of his campaign associates.