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Published: Mon, March 06, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Barack Obama responds to Donald Trump's 'wire tap' accusation

Barack Obama responds to Donald Trump's 'wire tap' accusation

Trump said a day after he accused Obama - without evidence - of wiretapping him during last year's presidential election.

"I can deny it", Clapper, weeks removed from serving in the federal government, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday when asked whether he could confirm or deny a court order allowing for eavesdropping at Trump Tower in NY. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Trump's claims could have been in reference to a Breitbart article from Friday saying the Obama administration made two Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requests in 2016 to monitor Trump communications and a computer server in Trump Tower focusing on possible links with Russian banks.

During his Saturday tweet storm, Trump said of the previous president: "Terrible!"

"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process", the president tweeted.

But on Saturday, President Trump took his allegations to an altogether new high, in a string of early morning tweets from his resort in Florida. The spokesman for Obama, Kevin Lewis, said the accusation was "simply false".

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Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned in February after revelations that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office. Trump made the claims without providing any proof to back his assertions and his comments were eventually slammed by Democrats.

Mr Obama never "ordered surveillance of any USA citizen", his spokesman said.

On Sunday, White House Press Secretary issued a statement calling on Congress to look into whether the Obama administration "abused" its investigative powers before leaving office.

"There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, as a candidate, or against his campaign", Clapper said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press". An Obama spokesman also roundly denied the allegations. Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was removed from his position last month for his involvement with Russian officials.

"Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you".

He said he doesn't know if it's true or not but if Obama had illegally ordered the wiretapping it would be the biggest political scandal since Watergate.

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