DONALD TRUMP'S BASELESS WIRETAP CLAIM THAT OBAMA ORCHESTRATED ILLEGAL WATERGATE-STYLE BUGGING OF
President Donald Trump made an unprecedented claim Saturday, claiming without offering evidence that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower ahead of the 2016 election.
"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" Trump tweeted early Saturday morning
CNN reported it had been told by a former senior Obama official that Mr Trump's allegations were "false and wrong".
Members of Congress said Mr Trump's accusations require investigation or explanation.
Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican, described the allegations as serious and said the public deserved more information.
The Senator said in a statement it was possible that Mr Trump had been illegally tapped, but, if so, the president should explain what sort of tap it was and how he knew about it.
Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, called Mr Trump's assertion a "spectacularly reckless allegation".
"If there is something bad or sick going on, it is the willingness of the nation's chief executive to make the most outlandish and destructive claims without providing a scintilla of evidence to support them," Mr Schiff said.
As president Trump's anger unfolded a spokeswoman for Mr Trump said he was busy "having meetings, making phone calls and hitting balls" at his golf course in Florida.
Donald Trump's all-out attack on Mr Obama came five days after he accused his predecessor of being personally responsible for leaks suggesting links between Trump officials and Russia, and internal conflict in the new administration.
It contradicted previous statements Mr trump had made of his relationship with Mr Obama.
Last month Mr Trump said: "We had a rough campaign, he was vicious during the campaign toward me and I was vicious to him. We said horrible things about each other. But it's a very strange phenomenon, we get along, I don’t know if he’ll admit this but he likes me."
Ben Rhodes, Mr Obama's former national security adviser, strongly denied the allegations.
Mr Rhodes, addressing his comments to Mr Trump, said : "No president can order a wiretap.
Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you."
In response to Mr Trump's suggestion that a lawyer could make a "great case" against Mr Obama, Mr Rhodes said: "No. They couldn't. Only a liar could do that."
Mr Rhodes added: "Is it still 'presidential' to call your dignified predecessor 'Bad (or sick) guy!'?"
My opinion- It is not 'presidential' for unhinged Donald Trump to call his predecessor 'bad (or sick) guy!'?"
Clearly the world knows who is the 'bad (or sick)' guy!" because that is why he can't sleep, he gets up in the middle of the night, early morning and whatever and rant on twitter.