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Spicer: Congress must investigate whether Obama ‘abused’ executive branch power

Spicer: Congress must investigate whether Obama ‘abused’ executive branch power

 

March 05, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday asked the congressional committees currently investigating Russian interference in the presidential election to also look into whether the Obama administration overstepped the law.

“Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” Spicer said in a statement. “President Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”

Spicer added that neither the White House nor the president would be making additional comments “until such oversight is conducted.”

Spicer’s statement comes a day after Trump accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign headquarters at Trump Tower in Manhattan last October.

Trump went on a tweet storm, comparing the alleged wiretapping to the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

The president did not provide any evidence of his claims, but he was possibly responding to a Breitbart report published Friday.

A spokesman for Obama said the claim is “simply false.”

“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,” said Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis in a statement Saturday afternoon. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”