The White House on Sunday requested that the US Congress examine whether the Obama administration abused its executive “investigative authority” during the 2016 US election campaign.

The request is part of the ongoing congressional probe into Russia’s influence on the presidential election.

The move came a day after President Donald Trump alleged that then-president Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of the phones in Trump Tower in New York, which served as Trump’s campaign headquarters.

Trump provided no evidence to back up his claims.

Hours after Trump released several unsubstantiated statements outlining the accusations, Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis denied the allegations as “simply false,” saying the former president never ordered surveillance on any US citizen.

“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,” Lewis said.

“As part of that practise, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

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