President Donald Trump has accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his phones at Trump Tower before the election. Because it means the administration would like someone to find out if there is any truth to what the president claimed.
Trump's first National Security Advisor Michael Flynn also resigned last month after he made contradictory statements to Vice President Mike Pence about the topic of his conversations with Kislyak before Trump took office. He compared it to President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal.
"As part of that practise, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"
Then, early Saturday morning, President Trump posted four tweets.
Both Reuters and the New York Times have confirmed that USA intelligence agencies have intercepted communications between members and associates of the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence-linked officials. As is so often the case, Mr. Trump offered no substance to back up his charge, which appears to rely on a handful of news stories containing no significant evidence the former president personally ordered any wiretapping, let alone of Mr. Trump.
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Trump's anti-Obama rhetoric, and the former president's reaction, are indicative of a growing rift between the 44th and 45th president of the United States.
But Sen. John McCain, chair of the Armed Services committee, is calling on the White House to reveal the basis for Trump's accusation before Congress investigates.
"There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign", Clapper said on Meet the Press, adding that he would "absolutely" have been informed if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had received a FISA warrant against either.
Levin alleged a "silent coup" by the Obama administration and called for a congressional investigation into the issue. "Any suggestion otherwise is simply false", he added. She said the meetings at Trump Tower were held to "establish a line of communication" between Trump aides and the Russian ambassador.
The White House on Sunday called for Congress to investigate whether the Obama Administration abused its investigative powers previous year and secretly wiretapped the Trump campaign prior to the election.