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Trump accuses Obama of "wire tapping" in flurry of early morning Tweets

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By Seamus Kearney
Trump accuses Obama of "wire tapping" in flurry of early morning Tweets

<p>In a flurry of early morning Tweets, President Trump has accused Barack Obama of “wire tapping” at Trump Tower before the US election. </p> <p>The Tweets began at 6:00 am on Saturday morning from Trump’s so-called “Winter White House” in Florida.</p> <p>One Tweet spells “tap” as “tapp”. </p> <p>“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” he Tweeted.</p> <p>It is unclear where the information came from. Trump does not back up the sensational claim with any concrete evidence.</p> <p>In a statement, a spokesman for former President Obama denied that he had ordered wiretaps at Trump Tower.</p> <p>“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,” said the statement.</p> <p>The tirade of wire-tapping claims comes amid growing questions about what contact Trump and his team had with Russia in the lead up to the US elections.</p> <p>Trump and the White House Press team have been struggling in their attempt to move attention away from the story, which is being covered by most of the mainstream media.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837996746236182529">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837994257566863360">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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 <span class="caps">NEW</span> <span class="caps">LOW</span>!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837993273679560704">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/837989835818287106">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The newspaper <span class="caps">USA</span> Today described Trump’s actions as a “Tweetstorm”.</p> <p>And just after the flurry of Tweets accusing Obama of wire-tapping, the US President turned his attention to a reality TV show that he used to host.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/838016045222854656">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Trump has also launched an unprecedented attack on media outlets, accusing them of “fake news” and slamming them as “enemies of the people”. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">President Trump Accuses Obama Of 'Wire Tapping,' Provides No Evidence <a href="https://t.co/xldTdQdoj3">https://t.co/xldTdQdoj3</a></p>— <span class="caps">NPR</span> (@NPR) <a href="https://twitter.com/NPR/status/838028649257287680">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><span class="caps">FBI</span> and Congress investigations are underway into what contacts there were between some members of Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials during the election campaign.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump accuses Obama of ‘wire tapping’ Trump Tower phones <a href="https://t.co/ijwhc2LN0p">https://t.co/ijwhc2LN0p</a> <a href="https://t.co/ejGTrZ0JhK">pic.twitter.com/ejGTrZ0JhK</a></p>— <span class="caps">POLITICO</span> (@politico) <a href="https://twitter.com/politico/status/838010205833154560">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Obama slapped sanctions on Russia and expelled Russian diplomats over allegations Moscow hacked political groups ahead of the US election.</p> <p>Trump’s choice of national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign after revelations that he had discussed the sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office.</p> <p>Other senior officials are also in the spotlight.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sessions controversy heightens President Trump’s feeling of being under siege <a href="https://t.co/qNFDMG4pnh">https://t.co/qNFDMG4pnh</a></p>— The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/838023988446121986">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The Justice Department says Attorney General Jeff Sessions will reply in writing to questions from Senate Democrats about his meetings with Russia’s ambassador last year.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Why would Jeff Sessions hide talks with Sergey Kislyak? <a href="https://t.co/BjoHETldwa">https://t.co/BjoHETldwa</a> <a href="https://t.co/o4b2zFHwL1">pic.twitter.com/o4b2zFHwL1</a></p>— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) <a href="https://twitter.com/NewYorker/status/837973666289893376">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What was Mr Sessions, a veteran of 20 years in the Senate, thinking? <a href="https://t.co/IxHwsLS3iL">https://t.co/IxHwsLS3iL</a></p>— The Economist (@TheEconomist) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheEconomist/status/837847586925080576">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jeff Sessions isn't the only Cabinet member who gave testimony that turned out not to be true <a href="https://t.co/JpvXMVhwT7">https://t.co/JpvXMVhwT7</a> <a href="https://t.co/2rTDTwjqMV">pic.twitter.com/2rTDTwjqMV</a></p>— <span class="caps">CNN</span> (@CNN) <a href="https://twitter.com/CNN/status/837992522278404098">March 4, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>