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Crowd aims 'lock him up' chant at Obama during Trump rally

A crowd at President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE's rally Sunday evening chanted "lock him up" after the president accused his predecessor, former President Obama, of being caught "spying" on the 2016 Trump campaign.

During the event in Henderson, Nev., Trump told attendees that the former president "got caught spying on my campaign," referring to longstanding accusations from him and his allies that the investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia in 2016 was orchestrated by the Obama administration in an attempt to sink his candidacy, a claim for which there is no evidence.

In response, many attendees began chanting "lock him up," a riff on the "lock her up" chant the president encouraged during his 2016 run against then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE, during which he alleged that his opponent had committed crimes by operating a private email server as secretary of State.

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The president has ratcheted up his rhetoric aimed at Obama in recent months, accusing the former president in June of committing "treason" while touting the upcoming results of the Justice Department's investigation into the origins of the probe into the Trump campaign.

“Treason. Treason. It’s treason,” Trump told CBN News in June.

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“They’d been spying on my campaign,” the president added at the time. “Turned out I was right. Let’s see what happens to them now.”

His repeated baseless claims come as the Justice Department's own inspector general previously told the Senate late last year that neither the former president nor former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE, the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, were involved with the decision to begin the investigation.

“We certainly didn’t see any evidence of that in the FBI’s files or the department’s files," he told the Senate Judiciary Committee in December.