Trump Requests Congressional Intelligence Investigation Over His Obama Wiretapping Claim

U.S. President Donald Trump is requesting a Congressional intelligence investigation over his new unproven Saturday morning claim on Twitter about former U.S. President Barack Obama wiretapping Trump Tower and his phone before the U.S. elections.

White House Spokesman Sean Spicer sent a series of 4 tweets on Sunday stating President Trump’s intention to request a Congressional intelligence investigation, although technically speaking, the President doesn’t need Congressional approval to obtain this type of intelligence information and could deal with the intelligence community directly.

White House Spokesman Spicer tweeted on Sunday, “Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling.”

Spicer added, “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.”

Spicer claimed, “Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted.”

Trump’s latest wiretapping claim involving former U.S. President Obama appears to have been motivated from recent media reports in conservative media outlets, including Breitbart News, that have carried stories about the topic in recent days.

On Friday Breitbart News carried a news story titled, “Mark Levin To Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ Vs. Trump” that was based on comments from conservative radio host Mark Levin who outlined on Thursday the “known steps” taken by former President Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and his new administration.

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio said on NBC’s Meet the Press that aired on Sunday that if Trump’s wiretapping claim were true, then it would be a newsworthy item with a lot of discussion about it.

“And if it weren’t true, then one would ask themselves, ‘Well, why did you put that out there to begin with? And what was the rationale behind it?'” Rubio asked.

Sen. Rubio pointed out that he didn’t make the new wiretapping allegation and has no basis to say it but noted that if there’s more to the story from the president or the White House, then “they’re going to lay that out over the next few days, and we’re all going to be very interested to see just exactly what it is they were talking about” Rubio admitted.

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper said on NBC’s Meet the Press that there was no wiretap activity mounted against president elect Trump or against his campaign.

Clapper said if there was a FISA court order from an intelligence agency such as the F.B.I. requesting a wiretapping of president elect Trump, then he would have known it.

A FISA court order is a federal court order that was authorized and established through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 that oversees requests from law enforcement and intelligence agencies for surveillance warrants against spies operating inside the U.S.

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