Washington – The White House has confirmed that US President Donald Trump has asked Congress to investigate allegations of his predecessor Barack Obama had wiretapped him before the 2016 elections.
Terming the reports of wiretapping as “very troubling”, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump had requested the Congressional intelligence committees to exercise their oversight authority to determine whether there was abuse of executive branch investigative powers in 2016.
“Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,” Spicer said a day after Trump alleged that Obama had ordered for his wiretapping at the Trump Towers just before the presidential elections.
The allegations, which has created a political storm in the US, has been denied by Obama’s spokesperson Kevin Lewis.
“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. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false,” Lewis has said.
Trump made the allegations against Obama in a series of tweets yesterday, but did not provide evidence to substantiate his claims.
He also likened the alleged surveillance of his communications to McCarthyism and ‘Watergate’, the scandal in the early 1970s which brought down President Richard Nixon.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump said.
“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!” he said.