UPDATE 1:01pm | Obama team says Trump's claims 'did not happen'
A spokesperson for President Obama says his administration never ordered surveillance in response to Trump's wiretapping claim on Twitter Saturday morning.
Obama spokesperson Kevin Lewis told CNN that "neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen."
This did not happen. It is false. Wrong.
'This did not happen'
Asked about Trump's tweets on Saturday, a former senior US official with direct knowledge of investigations by the Justice Department under the Obama administration denied there was any such investigation of Trump or that his phones were tapped.
"This did not happen. It is false. Wrong," the former official said.
President Donald Trump on Saturday morning accused former president Barack Obama of tapping his Trump Tower phones prior to the election.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump tweeted, as part of a six-tweet rant. He went on to ask, “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!”
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
Obama's team has yet to respond to Trump's Twitter allegations.
Although there were earlier reports that the US officials monitored a computer server in Trump Tower to determine if there were links to Russian banks, there has been no definitive reporting, that any phone lines belonging to the Trump campaign were tapped.
This morning's Twitter storm comes amid reports that Trump's campaign had ties with Russia. On Saturday morning, Trump attempted to turn the scrutiny to the Obama administration.