White House demands probe over Obama use of power during election
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer releases statement
WASHINGTON – The White House said it wants the congressional committees that are investigating Russian interference in last year's U.S. presidential election to also examine whether "executive branch investigative powers" were abused in 2016.
That's a reference to President Donald Trump's claim in a series of Saturday tweets that former President Barack Obama had telephones at Trump Tower wiretapped.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Trump has offered no evidence or details to support his claim, and Obama's spokesman has denied it.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said there'll be no further White House comment until the committees conclude their work.
(1/4) Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling.— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 5, 2017
(2/4) President Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 5, 2017
(3/4) exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 5, 2017
(4/4) Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted.— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 5, 2017
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