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Flake on wiretapping claims: Trump should 'apologize and move on'

Flake on wiretapping claims: Trump should 'apologize and move on'

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFormer GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' MORE (R-Ariz.) on Monday called for President Trump to apologize for his claim that former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHere's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Pentagon issues report revealing ex-White House doctor 'belittled' subordinates, violated alcohol policies The Reagan era is over MORE wiretapped Trump Tower before the election, which the FBI and National Security Agency said this week is unsubstantiated.

During an interview on "Mac & Gaydos" on KTAR Arizona radio, Flake was questioned about whether Trump should admit his claims, first sent out over Twitter, were wrong, CNN reported.

"I think that ought to happen and we ought to move on," said Flake, a frequent Trump critic.
 
The president has refused to back down from the accusation, even as congressional Republicans and intelligence officials call it unfounded.
 
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On Monday, FBI Director James Comey said the Department of Justice has "no information" to support the idea that Obama spied on Trump. Comey refused to "characterize" the tweets containing the allegations from the president, saying only that "I have no information" that supports the claim.
 
Flake during the interview said the wiretapping claim is a "serious allegation that you make about somebody."
 
"And that's not well-advised," he said. "And I would hope that the president would apologize and move on."
 
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) last week said the president should apologize to Obama for his wiretapping claim, as did Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) on Sunday.