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Posted: March 04, 2017

Obama team fires back after Trump's wire tap accusation

Trump Accuses Obama Of Wiretapping His Phones


            Obama team fires back after Trump's wire tap accusation
FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump is accusing former President Barack Obama of having Trump's telephones ``wire tapped’’ during last year's election, but Trump isn’t offering any evidence or saying what prompted the allegation. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

By Douglas Barclay

A spokesman for former President Barack Obama responded to President Donald Trump's early Saturday tweet alleging that the previous commander in chief had his phone tapped before the election. 

>>Read Trump accuses Obama of tapping phone before election

“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,” Kevin Lewis wrote. "As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.” Trump, who did not provide any evidence to back up his accusation, compared the former president’s alleged tactics to “Nixon/Watergate.”

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He called the move a "new low" and tweeted:

“Terrible! Just found out that that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory,” the president tweeted. “Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

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