White House calls on Congress to investigate Trump’s wiretap claims


White House press secretary Sean Spicer early Sunday said investigations into Russian attempts to influence the election should include President Trump’s claims that the Obama administration “abused” its investigative powers in 2016.

“Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” Spicer tweeted.

Spicer said Trump is requesting that congressional committees determine whether “executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”

“Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,” Spicer added.

{mosads}Trump early Saturday alleged that former President Obama ordered surveillance of the real estate mogul before the November election.

Democrats slammed Trump for making the accusations without offering evidence, characterizing his claim as an effort to distract from renewed scrutiny of his aides and allies’ alleged ties to Russia.

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