REPUBLICAN senator John McCain has called on president Donald Trump to provide evidence for his claim that Barack Obama bugged his phones.
The former presidential candidate said Mr Trump ‘owed it’ to the people to explain his claim.
He said: ‘The American people need to know what evidence he has to make such a charge — that’s a serious charge.’
Mr McCain, who has clashed with Mr Trump despite the pair both being Republicans, added: ‘The dimensions of this are huge. It’s accusing a former president of the US of violating the law. That’s never happened before.’
It comes after Mr Trump accused Mr Obama of ordering a wiretap of the phones at Trump Tower in the run-up to the election. Mr Obama strongly denies the claim, as have former intelligence chiefs. FBI boss James Comey also dismissed it. However, the White House has urged Congress to investigate. Mr Trump has offered no evidence to support the claim.
Separate media reports have claimed the FBI bugged Mr Trump’s team over alleged communications with Russia’s government.
■ DONALD TRUMP has mixed his figures over the number of prisoners freed from Guantanamo Bay by Barack Obama that are suspected of ‘re-engaging’ in terrorism. He tweeted yesterday: ‘122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!’ However, official figures show 113 of these were released by Republican president George W Bush.