U.S. President Donald Trump has brazenly accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower ahead of last year’s shock election victory, calling it “McCarthyism” and comparing the supposed attack to the Watergate scandal.
Trump tweeted to his 25-million-plus followers on Saturday about the alleged wire tap, yet did not provide any evidence or sources, other than a series of typically staccato posts.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” he wrote.
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” the President continued.
Trump claimed that phones were tapped in October before the presidential election where he won a surprise victory against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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“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!.”
So far, the claim has not been backed up with concete evidence and a spokesperson for Obama has denied any involvement. So could Obama have possible grounds to sue for defamation? It's not likely, media ethics lawyer Charles Glasser told teleSUR.
"While theoretically any false statement that accuses a person of violating the law is potentially defamatory – even a public official – the chances of Obama actually suing Trump are virtually none," he said. For the statement to be considered defamation, it would have to be proven that Trump made the statement knowing it was false, which is nearly impossible to prove, he added.
Amid the controversy of the Attorney General Jeff Session and his testimony to the Senate, Trump earlier tweeted that “the first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs.”
Session has been pressured to resign after he was accused of lying under oath during a Senate testimony when he failed to disclose that he had met privately in his senate office with Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
In one of his final moves as president last year, Obama imposed sanctions on Russia and expelled Russian diplomats from the U.S. because of the controversy surrounding Russian hacking in the presidential election.
In previous trigger-happy tweets, Trump has blasted political opponents and critics at will. During his presidential run against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump continually attacked Clinton for her culpability in the an email hack while she was Secretary of State, which revealed classified information.