Early in the morning on March 4, newly elected President Donald Trump made an astounding allegation via Twitter:
“Terrible! Just found out that [former President Barack] Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
He followed that tweet up with another, from about a half hour later:
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
Trump offered no evidence for his allegation, despite being pressed by lawmakers, and two weeks later then-FBI Director James Comey flatly denied it on behalf of both the FBI and the Department of Justice — the two organizations that would normally be in charge of approving and conducting that kind of thing.
“With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey told lawmakers on March 20.
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