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Trump's wiretap claim 'simply false,' Obama rep says

President Trump's tweeted allegation that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election is not true, Obama representative Kevin Lewis said Saturday.

"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 practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false."

Trump's comments came under widespread scrutiny after his Twitter announcement, with critics arguing that what Trump described is impossible or else indicative of suspect behavior on the president's behalf. Horror author Stephen King took a more creative approach, tweeting a short story of the wiretap in which Obama also "stole the strawberry ice cream" and is still lurking in a Trump Tower closet. "HE HAS SCISSORS!" King warned.