Sanders: Trump’s wiretap talk ‘delusional’

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Bernie Sanders tells Kansas crowd: This 'sure doesn’t look' like a GOP state The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia MORE (I-Vt.) said President Trump's claim that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last year is just the latest example in a long list of "delusional" statements. 

“Every other day President Trump sadly says something which is totally preposterous,” Sanders said Thursday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

“And now he’s come up with the idea that his phone was tapped by President Obama,” Sanders told host Wolf Blitzer. "I think this just adds to a lot of the delusional statements that we hear from President Trump.”

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Sanders went on to tick off a few of Trump's other false statements.

“A little while ago, he talked about 3 [million] to 5 million people voting illegally last election — total nonsense,” he said.

“He talked about how he won the Electoral College in a wider margin than any other candidate in recent history — total nonsense,” the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate added. "He saw people celebrating in New Jersey the destruction of the Twin Towers — total fiction.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Hillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans On The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal MORE (R-Ky.) said earlier Thursday it is “appropriate” for the Senate Intelligence Committee to examine Trump’s claims.

The committee is already probing Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential race, and the White House has suggested making Trump’s claim a part of that wider investigation.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamQuestions mount over Trump-Putin discussions The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria MORE (R-S.C.) said Thursday he is willing to subpoena intelligence agencies to get information relating to the controversial allegation.

“All I can say is that the country needs an answer to this,” he said on CNN. "The current president has accused the former president of basically wiretapping his campaign.”

Graham and Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSenate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Senate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Who is Andrew Wheeler, EPA's new acting chief? MORE (D-R.I.) on Wednesday asked the Justice Department and the FBI to hand over any potential applications for a warrant to wiretap Trump’s campaign.

Trump seemingly blindsided lawmakers over the weekend by claiming, without evidence, that Obama had his “wires tapped” before Election Day.

“Terrible!" Trump tweeted March 4. "Just found out Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"