NEW YORK (Sputnik) — On Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to accuse Obama of having his Trump Tower headquarters' "wires tapped" prior to the 2016 presidential election, describing this as the former administration's "new low."
"On the face of it, the tweet is either wrong or points to the scandal unlike we've ever seen," Himes told MSNBC. "The president cannot order a wiretap."
The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence plans to investigate and quickly establish the merits of Trump's accusations, committee member Marco Rubio said on Sunday.
The news 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.