President Donald Trump has officially called for investigations into his own unsubstantiated claim that former president Barack Obama had ordered the Trump Tower to undergo a “wiretapping” during the 2016 US election.
In a flurry of tweets, the White House press secretary Sean Spicer stated that Trump’s allegations, and the fact that there is no evidence being provided, is “very troubling”.
He also said that Trump has requested the committees for congressional intelligence to determine whether or not “executive investigative powers were abused in 2016” to be included in the investigation on whether Trump’s campaign had any links with officials from Russia during the previous election.
“Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” tweeted Spicer.
“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.”
He included: “Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted.”
This weekend Trump had called Obama “bad, or sick, guy” after he accused him of having his New York offices wiretapped throughout the US election, claims that did not come with any evidence.
“Terrible!” said the President in a tweet this weekend. “Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
He then added: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A new low!
“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to election!”
Despite the serious nature of this claim, Trump didn’t provide any shreds of evidence that Obama had been responsible for any sort of surveillance on his property, and has yet to provide any to this day.
Obama’s spokesman made sure to deny the allegations, saying that any suggestion that the former president “ordered surveillance on any US citizen” is false.