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Trump is Claiming Obama Had His Phones Wiretapped During the 2016 Presidential Campaign

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning from his estate in Palm Beach, Florida to claim that former president Barack Obama had wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower during his 2016 presidential campaign.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” he wrote.

In his accusations, POTUS made references to Watergate, calling Obama a, “bad (or sick) guy!” 

Along with the claims, Trump offered no evidence as to where he was getting his information. The New York Times notes that he could have been referencing an article from conservative news site Breitbart News, which speculated on Friday night that there were, “known steps taken by President Barack Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and, later, his new administration.” According to CNN, the White House did not return requests for comment about Trump’s tweets.

Kevin Lewis, a spokesperson for Barack Obama, responded to the claims later on Saturday, saying that they were completely untrue.

“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,” he said. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

Trump’s accusations come following a week of intense scrutiny for this administration after his attorney general Jeff Sessions landed himself in hot water for denying his communications with Russia while advising the Trump campaign last year. 

Caroline is the Evening/Weekend Editor and Style Editor at Her Campus, a senior public relations major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leather jacket enthusiast.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @c_pirozzolo. 
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