Trump's claims Obama had his 'wires tapped' before US election branded 'simply false'

Fiona Simpson
'Simply false': A spokesman for Barack Obama branded claims he had Donald Trump's 'wire tapped' as 'simply false': REUTERS

A spokesman for Barack Obama branded claims by Donald Trump that the former president “had his wires tapped” before he won the election as "simply false".

The US president made the extraordinary claims in a series of tweets posted on Saturday.

He wrote: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

"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!

“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!"

Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Obama, branded the claims “simply false”.

He said: “Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

He added that "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."

The statement raised the possibility that a wiretap of the Trump campaign could have been ordered by Justice Department officials.

The White House did not respond to a request to elaborate on Trump's accusations.

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