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    The US Senate plans to stall the confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee for Deputy Attorney General if the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) does not turn over evidence of Trump's accusations that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election campaign, US Senator Lindsey Graham said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On March 4, Trump took to Twitter to accuse Obama of having his Trump Tower headquarters' "wires tapped" prior to the 2016 presidential election, describing this as the former administration's "new low. The president went on to compare the alleged surveillance to McCarthyism and the Watergate scandal. The claims have been rejected by Obama's representative.

    The following day, the White House said that Trump had asked the Congress to investigate this issue.

    "We’ll hold up the Deputy Attorney General’s nomination until Congress is provided with information to finally clear the air as to whether or not there was ever a warrant issued against the Trump campaign," Graham stated on NBC's Today show.

    FBI Director James Comey disputed Trump’s allegation and asked the Justice Department to publicly denounce the claim, since such wiretapping order is considered to be illegal without a court's approval.On Tuesday, US media report suggested that the Justice Department requested more time to investigate Trump's allegations against the Obama administration.

     

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