President Donald Trump has called for lawmakers to look into the possibility that he was ‘wire tapped’ by Obama in October last year. The investigation would be included as part of the existing one into Trump’s alleged communication with Russian Intelligence in the lead up to the 2016 election. President Trump made the accusation of surveillance over twitter, calling it a ‘new low’:
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! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
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! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
According to the Daily Caller, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called for Congress to investigate the claims:
“Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” Spicer said. “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.”
Any wiretap surveillance would need to be approved by the Federal Court under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.