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>> To accomplish that national->> One day after Donald Trump accused former President Obama of wiretapping his 2016 campaign headquarters, the White House on Sunday calling on Congress to investigate the matter. Namely, whether the Obama administration abused its investigative authority during the 2016 campaign as part of an ongoing probe into Russia's influence on the election.
Trump had claimed Saturday, Obama tapped his phones at New York's Trump Tower, but cited no evidence supporting the claim. Obama, through a spokesman, denying the accusation as simply false. And former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, on Sunday, telling Meet the Press there was quote, no such wire tap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign.
Democratic leaders calling Trump's wire tapping claims a diversionary tactic, coming as scrutiny intensifies by the FBI and Congress into his own campaign team's ties to Russia. Previously undisclosed contact with a Russian official already forcing Michael Flynn to resign last month as National Security Advisor. With questions looming over Attorney General Jeff Sessions, after news emerged that he met with Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak in 2016, in his then dual role as senator and a Trump campaign advisor.
Federal law says a judge must find probable cause that the target of the surveillance is an agent of a foreign power, in order to issue a warrant authorizing covert monitoring.