The US President unleashed a string of tweets slamming his predecessor
DONALD Trump has sensationally claimed Barack Obama had his “wires tapped” in Trump Tower during the US election.
In an astonishing series of early morning tweets, the firebrand President claimed his predecessor had bugged his phones during the “very sacred election process”, slamming the allegations as a “Nixon/Watergate” scandal.
Donald Trump has accused Barack Obama of tapping Trump Tower during the US election
Trump, who started the Twitter rant at 5:30am US eastern time, branded the claims a “new low” before appearing to call Obama a “bad (or sick) guy”.
The property tycoon turned politician wrote: “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
Watergate refers the early 1970s political scandal which forced the resignation of Republican President Richard Nixon when it emerged that the Democratic party’s headquarters had been broken into.
He also tweeted: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
McCarthyism is the practise of making accusations without proper evidence.
He later added: “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!”
Continuing his rant on his personal social media account, Trump wrote: “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!”
It is not clear what information Trump based his Tweets on.
But on Friday, Breitbart News reported on radio host Mark Levin’s claims that Obama had been involved in a “silent coup” using “police state” tactics during the election campaign.
He also tried to defend Jess Sessions, the US attorney general who is facing questions for a meeting with a Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign in 2016.
He wrote: “The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs…”
He added: “Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone.”
This week it emerged that Sessions had two meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak – a fact he failed to disclose during his senate confirmation hearing.
On Friday, Sessions confirmed that he would ‘recuse’ himself from investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.