McCain: Trump 'owes it' to American people to explain wiretapping accusation

McCain: Trump 'owes it' to American people to explain wiretapping accusation
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEsper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander Democratic super PAC targets McSally over coronavirus response GOP senator suspending campaign fundraising, donating paycheck amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (R-Ariz.) on Monday said President Trump “owes it to the American people” to explain his unfounded allegations that former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump's self-interest is at odds with safe coronavirus policy Progressive youth groups issue demands for Biden ahead of general election Obama: Robust coronavirus testing and monitoring the key to reopening country MORE ordered surveillance of Trump Tower.

"The American people need to know what evidence he has to make such a charge — that’s a serious charge,” McCain said, as reported by NBC News.

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Trump over the weekend accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower before the presidential election.

An Obama spokesman denied that the former president or any White House official ordered surveillance.

"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," Kevin Lewis said in a statement.

"As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen," Lewis added. "Any suggestion otherwise is simply false."

The White House has called on Congress to incorporate an investigation into the alleged surveillance into its probe on Russia’s interference in the presidential election.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that his committee will investigate any potential surveillance of political parties as part of its Russia inquiry.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not provide reporters with additional evidence of Trump’s allegations during Monday’s press briefing.

“The question is: Is it surveillance? Is it a wiretap or whatever?” he asked. “But there’s been enough reporting that strongly suggests that something occurred.”