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Published: 1036 GMT March 05, 2017

Obama wiretapping Trump is plausible: Analyst

Obama wiretapping Trump is plausible: Analyst

US President Donald Trump’s explosive allegation that former president Barack Obama wiretapped him during the 2016 election campaign is “plausible” since it has taken place during previous US administration, an American political analyst in Virginia says.

“It’s entirely credible and entirely possible and believable that the Obama administration, or at least the deep state elements that are part of the national security apparatus like the NSA, the FBI, the CIA, it could be that those organizations, the intelligence services were monitoring Donald Trump through the campaign,” said Keith Preston, director of

“No evidence has been presented that that actually happened, but it’s certainly plausible, it’s certainly possible,” Preston told Press TV on Saturday.

“Certainly, there has been examples of that happening previously in American politics,” he added.

On Saturday, Trump accused his predecessor of intercepting his communications at his offices in Trump Tower before the presidential election last year.

Trump took to Twitter early Saturday morning, claiming he had just found out that Obama had his “wires tapped” in New York City before the November 8 election.

“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!”

Trump did not provide any information to back up his claim, but went on to say, “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!”

The president has also linked his predecessor to a major scandal, which has engulfed his administration regarding alleged contacts with Russian officials.

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