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White House calls for investigation of alleged Trump wiretapping

  • Published at 02:52 pm March 5th, 2017
  • Last updated at 04:58 pm March 5th, 2017
White House calls for investigation of alleged Trump wiretapping

The White House has called for the US Congress to investigate President Donald Trump's claim Barack Obama ordered Trump Tower to be "wiretapped" during the 2016 US election. In a series of tweets, White House press secretary Sean Spicer called Trump's allegation, for which he has provided no evidence, "very troubling".

He said Trump is requesting Congress examine whether "executive investigative powers were abused" during the 2016 election campaign, as part of an ongoing congressional probe into Russia's influence on the election.

The announcement came one day after Trump took to Twitter to accuse his predecessor Barack Obama of tapping his phones ahead of the November election, without providing evidence of the explosive charge.

An Obama spokesman has denied Trump's accusation as "simply false."

In his statement, Sean Spicer said, "President Donald J 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,".

He added that there would be no more comment on the matter from Trump or the White House.

Trump levelled his charges against Obama early Saturday, at the end of a week in which his administration was battered by controversy over communications between Russian officials and some of his senior aides including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!" Trump wrote.

"How low has President Obama gone to tapp (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" he wrote in another tweet, referring to the political scandal that toppled president Richard Nixon in 1974.

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