Saturday 29 April 2017

Wiretap rant suggests Trump must be paranoid, panicking - or compromised

US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Jennifer Rubin

The 'Washington Post' reported: "[US] President [Donald] Trump on Saturday angrily accused former president Barack Obama of orchestrating a 'Nixon/Watergate' plot to tap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election.

"While citing no evidence to support his explosive allegation, Trump said in a series of five tweets sent Saturday morning that Obama was 'wiretapping' his New York offices before the election in a move he compared to McCarthyism. 'Bad (or sick) guy!' he said of his predecessor, adding that the surveillance resulted in 'nothing found'."

An Obama spokesman gave an emphatic, but noticeably limited response: "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."

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