Washington: The US President Donald Trump on Sunday, accused the former holder of his post and predecessor Barack Obama of "tapping" his phone calls during last year's White House campaign, without providing evidence of the explosive charge.
Mr Trump revealed the charges in a storm of tweets shortly after dawn, amid an avalanche of recent revelations about communications between Russian officials and some of his senior aides, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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
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
Although, Mr Trump has denied having any personal ties with the Kremlin, and his aides have denied or played down contacts with Russian officials.
The Washington post revealed one such post about a meeting between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prompted the Republican former US senator to rescue himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign's possible Russia ties.
Mr Sessions told a Senate committee under oath that he "did not have communications with Russians," but reporters found that he had actually met the Russian ambassador twice in the months before taking up his post as attorney general, America's top law enforcement officer.
Lashing out in his tweets on Friday, Mr Sessions has expressed his displeasure over the charges and barrage of leaks that led to them- directed at the top Democrats in the Republican-led Congress- Senitor Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi.
The businessman-turned-politician, who has accused his political foes of conducting "a total witch hunt" on Sunday directed his Twitter tirade at his Democratic predecessor.
"Terrible! Jusy found out that Obama had my 'wires trapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is Mc Carthyism!" Mr Trump wrote a day after departing Washington for a weekend getaway at his Mar-a-Lago Florida resort for the fourth time in five weeks.
Last year, the US intelligence took the the unprecedented step of publicly accusing Russia of trying to swing the November election in Mr Trump's favor, questions have swirled about weather some in Mr Trump's campaign have collaborate with Moscow.
But it has is now emerged that a slew of associates aside from Sessions and already fired national security advisor Michal Flynn met Kislyak before Mr Trump took the oval office.
However, the meeting have raised red flags for Democrats, who have called for Mr Sessions to resign and be investigated for perjury.