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Did Obama wiretap Trump Tower? Vice President Pence deflects question

VP passes on chance to support Trump allegations
Posted at 4:55 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 19:37:01-05

In an exclusive interview Wednesday afternoon between Scripps' Cleveland affiliate reporter John Kosich and the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence, Pence deflected a direct question regarding President Donald Trump's recent allegations that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. 

The interview went as follows: 

John Kosich: The president has alleged that the former president committed a felony in wiretapping Trump Tower. Yes or no — do you believe that President Obama did that? 

Vice President Pence: Well what I can say is that the president and our administration are very confident that the congressional committees in the House and Senate that are examining issues surrounding the last election, the run-up to the last election, will do that in a thorough and equitable way. They'll look at those issues, they'll look at other issues that have been raised. But rest assured our focus is right where the American people are focused and that's on bringing more jobs here to Ohio, creating a better healthcare system built on consumer choice.

Kosich's interview with Pence comes after Trump tweeted last weekend that Obama had tapped his phones at Trump Tower during the election.

Trump offered no evidence to back up the accusation. 

Obama spokesperson Kevin Lewis said in a statement that Obama was unaware of any White House efforts to wire tap Trump Tower. 

While not giving any evidence to support the need for an investigation, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that any investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia should also look at whether any federal officials were involved in wire tapping Trump Tower during the campaign.