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Trump claims Obama had his phones wiretapped

Published:Sunday | March 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

PALM BEACH, Florida (AP):

President Donald Trump yesterday accused former President Barack Obama of having Trump Tower telephone lines "wire tapped" during last year's election.

But he didn't offer any evidence or say what prompted the allegation.

Trump, whose administration has been under siege over campaign contacts with Russian officials, said in a series of early morning tweets that he "just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism'!"

Trump said the wiretapping occurred in October. Trump ran the presidential transition largely out of Trump Tower in New York, where he also maintains a residence.

The White House did not immediately reply to enquiries about what led to the president's tweets. A spokesman for Obama did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump's tweets came days after revelations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, during his Senate confirmation hearing, didn't disclose his own campaign-season contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US.

Trump is spending the weekend at his waterfront estate in Palm Beach, Florida, after highlighting his education agenda and support for school choice on Friday by visiting a Catholic school in Orlando.