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White House Asks Congress to Investigate Obama Administration for Abusing ‘Investigative Authority’

President Donald J. Trump speaks on the phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Jan. 27, 2017.
President Donald J. Trump speaks on the phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Jan. 27, 2017.

President Donald J. Trump speaks on the phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Jan. 27, 2017.

The White House has asked the U.S. Congress to investigate whether the Obama administration abused its executive “investigative authority” during the 2016 campaign. President Donald J. Trump accused his predecessor of using an ongoing probe into Russia’s influence on the presidential election as a ploy to wiretap phones in Trump Tower.

A spokesman for Mr. Obama denied he specifically ordered a wiretap on “any U.S. citizen,” but his statement made omissions, parsed words and raised more questions.

“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, a spokesman for the former president 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. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to level the charges, which have been floating around for tweets.

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As People’s Pundit Daily previously reported, sources say the wiretap that picked up on the conversation between Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition was one of several surrounding the then-president-elect and members of his transition team.

Federal law prohibits the government from listening in on the conversations of a private U.S. citizen without a warrant, which sources–and now the president–say the Obama administration tried to get and failed before finding a more favorable judge.

The wiretap did not reveal any criminal wrongdoing on behalf of President Trump, his surrogates or members of his transition team.

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