Washington: President Donald Trump’s accusations that his predecessor, President Obama, had ordered water tapping of Trump Tower, has been denied by Obama spokesperson. This is the latest accusation by the new incumbent of the White House against President Barack Obama, who relinquished office after occupying it for eight long years.
President Obama was a butt of jokes for Donald Trump during his election campaign. He has been one of the people who persistently claimed that Obama was not born in the US and that he was not eligible to become the US president in the first place.
The accusation has been rebutted and denied by President Obama’s spokesman. Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said on Saturday 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…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”.
In a Tweet, President Donald Trump said yesterday that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower before his election victory. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
If that was not enough he fired another salvo, again in the form of a tweet saying, “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wiretapping’ a race for President prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”. He further said, “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!”
The best part of the accusations is the fact that Trump didn’t offer any evidence behind his claims. The President then compared the alleged surveillance of his communications to Watergate — the scandal in the early 1970s that brought down Republican President Richard Nixon after he ordered a break-in of the Democrats’ Washington headquarters. However, Trump did not immediately provide evidence that Obama was responsible for surveillance on his property, the Hill newspaper reported.