President Trump on Saturday sent out a barrage of tweets accusing President Obama of wiretapping his Trump Tower phones ahead of Election day.
The President, a fan of creating fake news of his own, offered zero evidence that Obama’s administration tapped his phone lines.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” he wrote.
“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!” he added in subsequent tweets. “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!”
Trump was referring to a story from Breitbart News’ conservative radio host Mark Levin who made the claim that Obama executed a “silent coup” of Trump via “police state” tactics.
Trump has made it a habit of attacking CNN, MSBNC, The New York Times, and other publications for what he calls “fake news” while praising right-wing publications such as Breitbart and Gateway Pundit. The 45th Potus often cites conservative sources despite any type of proof.
Trump has also started claiming that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s meetings last year with Russia’s U.S. ambassador were setup by the Obama administration.
“The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs,” he tweeted.
Sessions last week recused himself from an investigation into whether or not he acted inappropriately in meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the campaign, then denied doing so during his confirmation hearings.
Trump on Saturday also shot across Obama’s bow for meeting with Kislyak 22 times while president, tweeting: “Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone.”
It should be noted that the President of the United States regularly meets with ambassadors from other countries — in fact, it’s a big part of the job.
Critics have noted that it wasn’t the fact that Sessions met with a Russian ambassador, but rather that he lied to Congress about those meetings while under oath.
Former national security advisor Michael Flynn was ousted last month after it was determined that he misled top White House officials about the nature of his conversations with Kislyak.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.