Sanders: Trump’s wiretap talk ‘delusional’

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenators pledge action on Saudi journalist’s disappearance Senators concerned as Trump official disputes UN climate change warning Jake Tapper hits Trump over 'Medicare for all' op-ed: ‘It’s only an hourlong show, we can’t get into every lie’ 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.”


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 McConnellGOP Senate candidate: Kavanaugh 'debacle' 'hugely motivating' to Missouri voters Trump praises McConnell: He ‘stared down the angry left-wing mob’ to get Kavanaugh confirmed Murkowski not worried about a Palin challenge 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 GrahamBrunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Saudi Arabia, Turkey to form joint investigation into Khashoggi disappearance Democrats must end mob rule 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 WhitehouseDemocrats won’t let Kavanaugh debate die Senate poised to confirm Kavanaugh after bitter fight Hillary Clinton bursts out laughing about Kavanaugh's 'revenge on behalf of the Clintons' remark 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!"