WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is seeking to draw attention away from investigations into whether his associates colluded with Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election, saying the “real story” is improper surveillance of his team by the Obama administration during the transition.
Trump is facing two congressional investigations into Russia’s alleged meddling in the election — one that has faltered amid partisan acrimony in the House and another that is proceeding apace in the Senate. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also conducting its own investigation.
As the probes continue, Trump and his supporters in Congress said they hope investigators scrutinize whether Obama administration officials improperly spied on members of his team during the transition and requested that the identities of Trump staff members be revealed, or “unmasked” in intelligence reports chronicling the surveillance.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment specifically Monday on allegations published by a Bloomberg News columnist and by Fox News that former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, requested to unmask the names of Trump’s associates caught up in incidental surveillance collection.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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