A former policy adviser to ex-President Barack Obama called out Donald Trump on Twitter Saturday for lying about about Obama having Trump Towers wire-tapped.
Saturday morning Trump accused Obama of bugging Trump Tower before the election, tweeting, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
As President, Trump would likely be able to prove that he predecessor had ordered warrantless wiretaps, and the newly-elected Trump could back up his statements. However, as former Obama foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes noted, presidents, sitting or otherwise, don’t have the legal authority to do any such thing.
“No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” Rhodes tweeted back at Trump.
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