Trump Asks Congress to Investigate Obama

Washington, President Donald Trump has asked Congress to probe whether the executive branch under President Barack Obama abused its power in “politically motivated investigations” ahead of the 2016 election, the White House press secretary said Sunday.

“Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” said White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

“President Donald J. 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 said.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, angrily accused Obama of tapping his telephones at the Trump Tower in New York, questioning whether it was illegal.

The Obama Justice Department sought a warrant from a special court to conduct surveillance of four members of Trump campaign to see if there was anything illegal about their connections with Russian citizens, but the court denied the request.

The department then made a narrower request to the court, which was granted. The Justice Department was trying to discover links between the campaign and a Russian bank but reported later that no evidence was found.

Trump unleashed a political earthquake with his series of tweets on Saturday.

“Terrible!,” Trump tweeted. “Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Senator Joseph McCarthy ran a now discredited political witch hunt in the 1950s against government employees, Hollywood actors and writers, accusing them falsely in most cases of being Soviet agents.

In an another tweet, Trump blasted Obama, comparing him to former President Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign in 1974 after corruption charges, including illegally wiretapping his opponents.

“How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” Trump tweeted.

“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!” the president says in another tweet.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, told CNN on Sunday that it was “just ridiculous” for Trump to accuse Obama of wiretapping him. “We don’t do that,” she said, accusing Trump of making up a smear. She called it a “tool of an authoritarian.”

Source: Qatar News Agency