MAMOSA Report — We may be seeing a temporal (hopefully temporary) advent of a new low in American politics. Trump has reportedly turned his gun at the former president Barack Obama. accusing his predecessor of wire-tapping his phone a month before he was elected.
Under siege for alleged ties between his election campaign and Russia, Trump on Saturday morning sought to deflect attention by accusing former president Barack Obama of tapping his Trump Tower phones prior to the November polls, the influential online magazine Politico wrote.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump tweeted, as part of a six-tweet screed.
He went on to say that a court had earlier denied a wiretap request.
The US president has given no details to back up the claim – or suggested which court order he was referring to.
“Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election?,” one of Trump’s tweet said.
“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!” Trump continued, also tweeting, “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!”
Obama’s team hasn’t responded to a request for comment by the influential online magazine.
According to the influential online magazine Politico, a conservative radio host Mark Levin on Thursday evening tried to make a case for the idea that Obama used “police state” tactics to undermine Trump in the last months of his presidential campaign.
Levin’s argument was then picked up by Breitbart in an article published by senior editor Joel Pollak.
Media reports in the last few weeks have suggested the FBI had sought a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance court (Fisa) last summer in order to monitor members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials.
The warrant was first turned down but then approved in October, according to the media reports.
Mr Trump has been reeling from accusations of links between his campaign team and Russia, following an intelligence report that Moscow was involved in hacking in order to get Mr Trump elected.
In the latest twist, his Attorney-General Jeff Sessions has been forced to remove himself from an investigation into the Russian role.
This followed revelations that he had met the Russian ambassador during the campaign, despite denying this at his confirmation hearings.
Mr Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after four weeks in office for misleading the White House over his contacts with the Russian envoy during the election campaign. Sanctions against Russia were allegedly discussed.
Referring to contacts with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, Mr Trump tweeted: “Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone.”