US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has called on Congress to investigate claims Barack Obama bugged his phone calls before last year’s election.
In a string of tweets, he accused Mr Obama of being a ‘bad (or sick) guy’ and compared the alleged tap on Trump Tower to ‘Nixon/Watergate’.
His suspicions are believed to come from an article on right-wing website Breitbart. Separate unconfirmed reports have suggested the FBI got permission to eavesdrop on some of Mr Trump’s staff due to concerns over their links with Russia.
The controversy has already seen retired general Michael Flynn stand down as national security adviser and prompted calls for attorney general Jeff Sessions to resign.
Mr Obama’s spokesman called the claims ‘simply false’. James Clapper — who served as his director of national intelligence — said: ‘There was no such wire-tap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time, as a candidate, or against his campaign.’
Meanwhile violence has flared at rallies across the US backing President Trump.
Ten people were arrested after protesters clashed with supporters of the president in Berkeley, California.
Seven people were injured and a dagger, metal pipes, bats and bricks were confiscated, police said. Six people were held in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on felony riot charges after they lit fireworks during a confrontation with 400 ‘March 4 Trump’ supporters.
In North Carolina, speakers said the ‘dishonest media’ and left-wing politicians were bordering on sedition in their opposition.
Many people in the crowds held American flags and life-size cut-outs of Mr Trump.