Trump is saying his phones were tapped, some are saying they weren’t. Trump wouldn’t just say stuff like this out of the blue, would he? There is really no reason for him to be going after Obama now, there are a lot of other things happening that he could be focusing on. So does that mean his tweets are true? What do you think?
Trump tweeted that the former president had been spying on him in October, a month before his election victory.
‘Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!’
McCarthyism, which the president used in his first tweet, is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence.
Trump started tweeting shortly after 3.30am ET and posed the question: ‘Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election?’
In another tweet Trump said it was a ‘new low’ for the former president and compared it to ‘Nixon/Watergate’.
Trump also linked Obama to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s meetings last year with Russia’s US ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
‘The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs,’ he tweeted.
Trump’s team has sought to push back over its connections to Russian officials by pointing out instances of Democrats meeting with Kislyak.
But a former senior intelligence official told The Washington Post that ‘it’s highly unlikely there was a wiretap’.
‘It seems unthinkable. If that were the case by some chance, that means that a federal judge would have found that there was either probable cause that he had committed a crime or was an agent of a foreign power,’ the official said.
According to the official, a wiretap cannot be directed at a US facility, without finding probable cause that the phone lines or internet addresses were being used by agents of a foreign power.
‘You can’t just go around and tap buildings,’ the official told the Post.