Trump calls for congressional probe into wiretapping allegation

After a storm in the media developed over the past few days regarding US President Donald Trump's sudden claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones, Trump has formally requested that Congress investigate the matter.
Trump claims Obama wiretapped his phones prior to election Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

US President Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phone has ignited a heated debate in the US and today (Sunday), Trump formally requested a congressional investigation into the matter.

“Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling," said White House spokesman Sean Spicer in a statement. Trump is “requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016," Spicer said.

Sean Spicer Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

“Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted," continued Spicer's statement. Yet, Trump took to Twitter last night to post a series of tweets on the matter while the media called on him to back up his allegations with evidence.

The former president's spokesman Kevin Lewis denied the allegations. “A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice", he said, suggesting that an investigation may have been underway.

Lewis added that “neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false."

Some Democrats, such as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, have suggested that Trump's allegations are an attempt to distract attention from the Russian affair and the calls for investigations into the matter.

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