(CitizensOutpost) Donald Trump is going on the offense as a committee in Congress agreed to look into his claims that the former president Obama and his administration abused executive powers in last year’s election.
James Comey, the FBI director, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly refute Mr Trump’s assertion, unnamed officials told the New York Times on Sunday.
Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department have released any public statement thus far.
Mr Obama also commented that the allegations made against him by Mr. Trump were “simply false”. James Clapper, his former intelligence chief, also “absolutely denied” the claims.
Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media and a Trump donor, said he had spoken to the president twice at the weekend about the wiretap allegations.
Mr Ruddy said: “I haven’t seen him this p—– off in a long time. When I mentioned Obama ‘denials’ about the wiretaps he shot back ‘This will be investigated, it will all come out. I will be proven right’.”
Congressman Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, confirmed that his committee “will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party’s campaign officials or surrogates”.
The committee is already examining potential links between Russia and Mr. Trump’s campaign.
The Senate Intelligence Committee also said it would investigate Trump’s allegations.
He said: “We’re going to follow the facts wherever they lead us and I’m sure that this matter will be a part of that inquiry.”