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surveillance state?

Trump requests congressional probe of alleged Obama wiretapping

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday tweeted President Trump's request for a congressional inquiry into his claim that President Obama inappropriately wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election, an allegation the Obama camp says is "simply false."

As Jon Schwarz at The Intercept notes, the president has the legal authority to declassify anything he wants, so "Trump could immediately make public any government records of such surveillance" on Trump Tower regardless of congressional investigation.