Donald Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phone

Donald Trump has accused Barack Obama of tapping his phone during the US election.

The president tweeted that his predecessor had his "wires tapped in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

He also says a good lawyer could "make a great case" out of the allegation.

The president compared the alleged surveillance of his communications to Watergate, the scandal in the early 1970s that brought down Republican president Richard Nixon.

He offered no evidence or said what prompted the allegation.

Mr Obama's office is yet to respond.

It is thought Mr Trump's tweets could be in response to Democrats' outcry following revelations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions - in his confirmation hearings - did not disclose his contacts with Russia's American ambassador during the campaign.

Mr Sessions, who was a senator at that time, was Mr Trump's earliest Senate supporter.

US intelligence agencies have concluded Russia influenced the election to help Mr Trump win.

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