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Trump: Report that Obama FBI spied on campaign could be 'bigger than Watergate'

The Hill logo The Hill 5/17/2018 Julia Manchester
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President Trump on Thursday touted a report saying the FBI under former President Obama spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, saying that the revelation could be "bigger than Watergate."

"Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI "SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN IMBEDDED INFORMANT," the president tweeted in reference to a National Review report published last week.

"There's probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign." If so, this is bigger than Watergate!"

The report alleges that Obama-led agencies used their surveillance powers to monitor the Trump campaign.

This is not the first time that the Obama administration has been accused of spying on the Trump campaign.

Last year, Trump accused the former president of wiretapping Trump Tower shortly before the 2016 election.

"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires " tapped," the president tweeted in March 2017.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer later walked back the president's claim, saying he did not mean that Obama literally wiretapped Trump Tower.

"The president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities during that," Spicer said. "There is no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 elections."

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