President Trump accuses Obama of ‘Nixon/Watergate’ plot to wiretap Trump Tower

President Trump on Saturday night furiously accused former president Barack Obama of masterminding a “Nixon/Watergate” style plan to wiretap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to November’s general election.

While citing no evidence to stake legitimacy to his claim, Trump said in a series of four tweets Saturday morning that Obama “wire tapping” his New York offices before the election in a move he compared to McCarthyism. “Bad (or sick) guy!” he said of his predecessor, adding that the surveillance resulted in “nothing found.”

Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Obama, said in a statement early Saturday afternoon: “A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

Trump has been at odds with the intelligence community since before he took office, convinced that career officers as well as holdovers from the Obama administration have been trying to sabotage his presidency. He has ordered official inquiries to find who leaked sensitive information regarding communications during the campaign between Russian officials and his campaign associates and allies, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“It’s highly unlikely there was a wiretap,” a senior intelligence official told The Washington Post Saturday. “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.”

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued a statement chastising Trump for leveling a “spectacularly reckless allegation” against Obama without evidence.

Trump is currently spending his weekend at his lavish Mar-a-Lago estate, he visited one of his golf courses Saturday morning before returning to amend his public schedule — meetings with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly have been added. The president also is planning to have dinner there with both secretaries, as well as chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, White House Counsel Don McGahn and White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller.

Trump left Washington Friday in a fury, he was seen fuming at senior staff during a meeting in the Oval Office that morning about Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from any Russia investigations. He was angry and told his top aides that he disagreed with the attorney general’s decision and that he thought the White House and Justice Department should have done more to counter the suggestion that Sessions needed to step away.

Here are the tweets in sequential order:

 

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