In 30 tweets, US analyst explains why Trump’s Obama wiretap claim is ‘grounded’

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US analyst Michael Doran has explained in a series of 30 tweets why he thinks President Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama tapped his phones is “grounded.”

Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC and in the administration of President George W. Bush, he served in the White House as a senior director in the National Security Council.

Trump made his claim in a tweet on Saturday.

"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process," he wrote. "This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" He provided no evidence to back up the claim.

Obama denied the allegation via a spokesman as "simply false."

However, the Republican chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Devin Nunes, said his panel would look into Trump's claim after the White House on Sunday urged Congress to investigate his allegation.

The accusation has prompted a firestorm of criticism, with many saying Trump's incendiary claim was aimed at diverting attention from a series of revelations about his aides' meetings with Russian officials.

(With AFP)

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