US President Donald Trump in a statement on Thursday urged the Senate to call on former President Barack Obama to testify in what he called was the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the United States.
Trump was referring to the recent release of documents suggesting Obama knew the Justice Department and FBI created a crime to prosecute his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and illegally spied on other members of the Trump campaign.
Trump and his conservative allies have recently ramped up attacks against the Obama administration, after the Department of Justice’s controversial move to drop its case against Michael Flynn, a senior advisor to his 2016 campaign and his administration’s first National Security Adviser.
Criminal charges against Flynn became part of the Russia investigation led by former special counsel Robert Mueller, which Trump has repeatedly called a witch hunt and hoax.
Russia has repeatedly denied meddling in US elections.
On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers released a list of names declassified by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, which showed that former Vice President Joe Biden and other top Obama officials requested the “unmasking” of Flynn’s name from an intelligence report.
“I was never a part, or had any knowledge of any criminal investigation into Flynn while I was in office. Period. Not one single time,” Biden said during an interview with MSNBC on Thursday night.
The move has sparked sharply different reactions, as some Republicans accused the Obama administration of abuse of power in order to go after a political opponent, while Democrats argued that the requests are not uncommon and were approved through standard process.