White House: Add wiretapping investigation to Russia probe (video)

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A White House spokesperson asserted Sunday that an investigation into the alleged wiretapping of Trump Tower should be included in the investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC’s This Week, “Let’s find out. Let’s have an investigation. They’re going to investigate Russia ties. Let’s have this as part of it.”

On Saturday, President Trump accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower prior to the November election. A spokesperson for Obama denied any direct involvement on behalf of the former president.

“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,” spokesman Kevin Lewis claimed in a statement.

“As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen,” Lewis added. “Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

When asked on Sunday why Trump issued the allegations, Sanders noted that the president is working from information that led him to believe the wiretapping occurred and to take into consideration reports from BBC News, The New York Times, and Fox News, among others.

“I think there certainly could have been … and it sounds like there’s something that we should look into and verify,” Sanders said about the alleged wiretapping.

H/T: The Hill

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