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Trump urges Obama 'abuse of power' probe

Trump urges Obama 'abuse of power' probe

Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis called Trump's claim "simply false" and said Obama never ordered surveillance on any American citizen.

The White House on Sunday demanded that Congress investigate whether Obama abused his executive powers, without providing any evidence the former president had done so.

Donald Trump should reveal what he knows about an alleged wire tap of his phones ordered by Barack Obama before November's election, says a Republican senator.

An Obama spokesman rejected Trump's claims as "simply false.".

TRT World's Nafisa Latic reports.

As the Trump administration continues to be bedevilled by a drip-drip of revelations about ties to Russian officials during and after last year's election, the president has seemingly settled on the identity of the malevolent figure behind the turmoil.

The request comes a day after US President Donald Trump accused his predecessor of ordering the wiretapping of his phones during the election campaign. Trump wrote, later adding, "How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process". Calling his predecessor a "bad (or sick) guy", he labelled it "McCarthyism" and "Nixon/Watergate" - a reference to major U.S. political scandals in the second half of the 20th century.

One senior figure - former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn - resigned, while another - Attorney General Jeff Sessions - is under scrutiny, over what they said about meetings with the Russian ambassador.

Trump tweeted. He compared the alleged wiretapping to the Watergate scandals of the '70s that ultimately led to then-President Richard Nixon's impeachment. Asked whether he's seen any evidence that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump or anyone else in Trump Tower during the campaign, Cotton said, "I've seen no evidence of the allegations we've seen in the media".

Mr. Trump's aides declined to clarify whether the president's explosive allegations were based on briefings from intelligence or law enforcement officials or on something else, like a news report.

Pelosi termed Trump's contentions about Obama and an attempt at deflection.

However, the White House seems to be doubling down to support Trump's claims. "You can't just go around and tap buildings", the official said.

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