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surveillance state?

Trump accuses Obama of illegally spying on Trump Tower

President Trump on Saturday made a four-tweet accusation that former President Obama spied on him in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Trump's tweetstorm appears to be inspired by the Thursday evening show of right-wing talk radio host Mark Levin, who argued Obama orchestrated a "silent coup" on Trump using "police state" tactics.

A Breitbart article on Friday published a timeline to support Levin's allegation, emphasizing a Heat Street report of an October FISA court request from the Obama administration "focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence [was] found — but the wiretaps continue[d], ostensibly for national security reasons." The Breitbart piece concludes the Obama team monitored Trump and then relaxed NSA information sharing rules to foster embarrassing leaks.