Republican leaders in Congress have appeared willing to honor US president Donald Trump’s request for an investigation after he claimed that his predecessor had his telephones wiretapped during the 2016 presidential campaign.
In his latest tweets, Trump claimed that Barack Obama wanted to hatch a plot against him by tapping his phones during the campaign to find possible links between the Republican billionaire and Russian authorities.
On Sunday, the White House urged the Congress to probe Obama’s alleged abuse of power to conduct surveillance activities on Trump.
Trump further stressed that he could take legal actions over the matter.
Obama’s intelligence chief, James Clapper, rejected the claims and a spokesman for Obama dismissed the accusation as “simply false.”
FBI Director James Comey has reportedly asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s claim, because it falsely insinuates that the agency broke the law.