On Saturday, March 4th, President Trump posted on Twitter saying he just found out that former President, Barack Obama, had his phones tapped last year in Trump Towers. But he didn’t provide any evidence to support these claims.
It’s illegal for a U.S. president to order the wiretapping of a U.S. citizen. However, the Justice Department can request federal judges to allow wiretaps if suspicious or serious criminal activity could cause a threat to national security.
Obama says he and the White House never ordered a federal wiretap of a U.S. citizen.
FBI director James Comey has rejected Trump’s claim, and has asked the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to publicly reject his allegations since they claim the FBI broke the law.
The DOJ hasn’t commented yet, but Comey doesn’t believe there is any evidence to support Trump’s claim.
Democrats are requesting the White House provide evidence to support these allegations. Meanwhile, White House officials are asking Congress to investigate whether or not the Obama Administration abused their powers.