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Mar 6, 2017 1:44 PM

Shaheen tells NH1 News 'absolutely no evidence' of Trump's wiretap allegations against Obama


MANCHESTER – Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says “there’s absolutely no evidence” to back up fiery allegations by President Donald Trump that then-President Barack Obama wiretapped his office during the closing months of last year’s presidential race.

And New Hampshire’s senior U.S. senator also told NH1 News that she thinks the allegations, first made by the Republican president in a series of tweets early Saturday morning, are “another example of President Trump trying to change the conversation.”

In his initial tweets on Saturday, Trump wrote “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

Through a spokesman, Obama has flatly denied the charge, as has James Clapper, who was director of national intelligence under Obama. White House officials have yet to offer any proof to back Trump’s claim, instead suggesting that the matter should be investigated.

A White House spokeswoman on Monday said that the President does not accept an assertion from FBI Director James Comey that Obama didn’t order an illegal wiretap of Trump Tower during the campaign.

Asked by NH1 News about the allegations, Shaheen answered, “there’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that former President Obama wiretapped him. But it speaks to why we need an independent non-partisan investigation that will look into not just this allegation but the ties that President Trump and members of the Trump campaign had with Russia and the threat that that posed and how they were involved or not involved into hacking into our election system.”

“So I think this is another example of President Trump trying to change the conversation but what we need is a full investigation to find out what really happened,” she added.

The Trump White House is calling on Congress to investigation the President’s claims, saying that “the American people deserve to know” whether Trump’s allegations are true.

Shaheen took questions from reporters following a meeting with Tamam Mohamad, a Iraqi immigrant and former interpreter for U.S. troops in Iraq, who now owns the Spice Center ethnic grocery store and market in Manchester. The meeting highlighted Shaheen’s opposition to the new travel ban executive order signed Monday by the president.

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