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    'McCarthyism': Trump Says Obama Had His 'Wires Tapped' Before Election Win

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    US President Donald Trump said he has found out that his predecessor Barack Obama had his "wires tapped" before his victory in the November 2016 election.

    The US president added that "nothing was found."

    "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" Trump said on his Twitter account.

    Trump lashed out at Obama, calling him a "bad or sick guy."

    "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!" Trump added, commenting on the findings.

    The statement comes amid reports of alleged Trump's team's ties with Russian officials. On February 15, The New York Times reported, citing phone records and intercepted calls, members of Trump’s presidential campaign team and several associates allegedly contacted Russian intelligence and government officials prior to the 2016 US election. Both Washington and Moscow have repeatedly refuted the allegations.

    Earlier, the president slammed "fake news" reports that kept citing anonymous White House sources alleging chaos in his administration as well as contacts with Russian intelligence services.

    Trump also accused Obama of being behind "really serious" leaks about the current administration and protests across the United States against his policies in an interview earlier this week.

    Trump also commented on US Attorney General Jeff Sessions' first meeting with Russian Ambassador in the US Sergei Kislyak. He said that it was the Obama administration that "set up" the talks.

    "The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs," Trump wrote.

    He emphasized that the Russian envoy visited the White House under the Obama administration a total of 22 times.

    On March 1, the Washington Post reported that Jeff Sessions had two conversations with Sergei Kislyak last year while he was a US senator. Sessions denied allegations he misled the Senate and said he is prepared to recuse himself from the investigation if the need arises.

    Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on March 2 that Moscow does not know of any meetings between Sessions and Kislyak and does not wish to interfere in the "emotionally-charged" scandal.

    Reports of Sessions' talks with the Russian ambassador to Washington come after the resignation of former US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on February 13, who stepped down after media reported based on leaked information that he had misled the Trump administration about the extent of his talks with Kislyak.

    The ex-national security adviser did not concede any wrongdoing in the resignation letter, saying that he inadvertently briefed Vice President Mike Pence and others with incomplete information regarding the communications.

    Moreover, the White House said on Friday that Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner also met the Russian diplomat in December 2016.

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    • MaDarby
      Does anyone remember the Snowden documents? Clearly the NSA et al are recording the calls and following every keystroke made by every single US politician, political figure lobbyist and operative in DC - they "wire tap" billions of people all day every day. The idea that they haven't or that they do not now intercept every call and read every email from every member of the Trump regime is naive in the extreme. Trump should know better - he is dealing with forces who intend "Global full spectrum domination" by 2020 - does anyone really believe that the huge military buildup on the periphery of both China and Russia - the "Pivot to Asia" are ideas that Obama came up with all by himself?
    • AnomicDust
      Obama played spotter for the deep state's glory hole.
    • The Night Windin reply toMaDarby(Show commentHide comment)
      MaDarby, We know from Snowden that Obama was tapping the Russian, French, British, Israeli, Italian, and Saudi leaders---among others. Who's surprised he'd spy on Trump too?
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      jas
      "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!" Trump added, commenting on the findings.
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      There you go. Collect and present the evidence and prosecute all of the conspirators. Jail them.
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      jasin reply toThe Night Wind(Show commentHide comment)
      The Night Wind, Surprise has nothing to do with it.
      it violates several US laws, including misuse of POTUS office and campaign laws. It's time for some real investigations on the DNC and Obama. They're out of control.
    • Drain the swamp
      This can mean only ONE thing, if the devil is so evil, michelle must be michael. Obama had been pushing gay/transgender issues too much - a DNA test will reveal the Y chromosome
    • Mikhas
      Lock the degenerate porch chimp and his white owners up.
    • taka2net
      you should take measures in order to prevent Any more information outflow than to blame obama.he has already gone.if conductor is,he is not.there is no evidence to be obama.in addition,these leaks are impossible only by himself.If it's certain that it's he, you have only to find out his cooperators.but Forming a hasty conclusion is no good.no evidence.that might be probable fake news .anyway,mole hunt.although It should be natural that intelligent agent's cooperators or agents are in the media.Moreover plural and here and there.Because leak over flynn and leak over pence are not compatible.therefore, if leaks had been sent as package in one go,The order let run of information to some extent should have been decided.although this might be off the point.and,there are traces of leading on coverage.i smell rat.mole hunt is best Defense plan.you should consult mike pompeo about mole hunt.
    • JOHN CHUCKMAN
      I don't think there is any reason to doubt this.

      For those who've studied Obama over the years, secretiveness and a kind of opaque quality in his public character - despite the big boyish smile - are distinguishing characteristics.

      Past colleagues, as at the the University of Chicago where he taught but was not a professor, have made this quality very clear. Not sociable at all outside of the face put on for politics. Same for dinner at the White House.

      Some people have long speculated on whether Obama was CIA, as was very much the case for George Bush pere. There are unexplained openings in his resume, there is his secretiveness, and the CIA is known to recruit or support highly prospective politicians as he was viewed early in Chicago.

      The CIA loves having "made men" in office, anywhere it can get them. It has long had a number of European and Latin American politicians receiving "pensions."

      Of course, it just happens to be the case that elements at CIA are now clearly working against Trump. Obama would be a handy helper, just as papers like The Washington Post and New York Times very much are, both papers having long histories of involvement and support for CIA projects.

      He also appears to have a somewhat psychopathic character with lots of superficial charm when he chooses to turn it on and yet the ability to regularly kill. He instituted the CIA's extrajudicial killing-by-drone program, and he has signed off on countless "kill orders" placed in the Oval Office in-box.

      Just speculations, but informed and interesting ones. He is definitely not the straightforward, charming bright boy figure so many people seem to believe he is. Something else, much darker, is there for sure.
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      nonyank
      And as usual Trump has provided not one shred of evidense for his unfounded accusations.....again and again and again etc.
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      jas
      McCarthy was right. Don't insult him by comparing Obama to McCarthy.
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      ivanwa88
      JOHN CHUCKMAN.... I will say from observation and research that this streak is prevalent in Gay men.
      There perversion is a destruct button that wants to destroy mankind for what it has done to their 'mothers'.
      Obama enjoyed drone killings absolutely no doubt about that, children and females included I know im contradicting myself but the illness can easily switch allegiance in sex race and culture.
      But the underlying reason still exists as a streak in about 80% of Gay men.
    • MaDarbyin reply toThe Night Wind(Show commentHide comment)
      The Night Wind,
      Of course, the NSA - deep state - establishment power is spying on Trump. along with every senator, congressman, lobbyist in DC. It was shown that with the full cooperation of the BND they were spying extensively throughout Europe installing spy/malware in computers throughout the EU offices. First and foremost they want to know what is happening in their own back yard - be sure they get the funding they want etc.
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      nonyank
      Trump, do the world a favor and either get to work or GET OUT!
      It's undeniably clear you have serious mental issues.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Everyone knows obama was a snake with the DOJ Eric Holder and Loretta lynch including Valeria Jarrett ........ all of them should be found guilty of treason acts and go to jail. Let's also not forget about crooked Hillary and John Podesta and the fake news media founder CNN ,
      MSLSD, Bullcrapico and the New York Slimes.....
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      jas
      Reports are that Jarrett is now living in the Obama house, working on the overthrow of Trump. Prison for all of them.
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