Capitol Report: Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping him at Trump Tower before election

President Trump made a stunning, unsubstantiated claim on Twitter early Saturday, alleging that former President Barack Obama had initiated a plot to tap the phones at Trump Tower in the months leading up to Election Day.

In a string of tweets that began at 6:35 a.m. Eastern and cited no evidence, Trump compared the alleged wiretapping to “McCarthyism” and “Nixon/Watergate.”

The outburst comes in the wake of several days of stories raising questions about the Trump administration’s ties with Russian officials. On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing mounting criticism over his meetings with the Russian ambassador, recused himself from any Justice Department investigations related to the Trump campaign.

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