Former President Barack Obama reportedly threw a temper tantrum in reaction to President Donald Trump’s tweets accusing him of wire tapping the phones in Trump Tower during the presidential election.
A former Obama aide told the Wall Street Journal that he was “furious” and “livid” about the accusations made by Trump, as they questioned his true character and the integrity of his presidency.
On Saturday, Trump went on a tweet storm, tweeting:
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Apparently, Obama couldn’t handle it.How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Even CNN — which Trump has labeled as the “Clinton News Network” — reported on his meltdown, calling him, “irked and exasperated.”
Devin Nunes, an executive committee member of Trump’s transition team, said whether the Obama administration had secret warrants to listen to Trump or his associates during the campaign would have been part of his committee’s investigation regardless. He said the first public hearing of its investigation would be held March 20. And the initial invite list includes the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency as well as former top Obama administration intelligence officials and two cyber security experts.
The committee has the power to subpoena officials to testify, but Nunes did not indicate that the committee had plans to do so and said he hoped they would come freely.
The House intelligence committee is one of three congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The Senate intelligence committee is conducting a separate investigation, and most of its hearings are expected to be closed to the public to discuss classified information. A subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing related to its investigation on Tuesday.
Hopefully Obama can make it through all of the accusations to come throughout the investigation without totally losing his cool.
— The Horn News and The Associated Press contributed to this article.