Pelosi says Trump wiretap claim 'ridiculous'

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The top House Democrat says it's "just ridiculous" for President Donald Trump to claim that former President Barack Obama would ever have ordered any wiretap of an American citizen.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi says "we don't do that" and she calls the charge a "smear."

Pelosi tells CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump is following the playbook of making something up, having the media report it and then saying everybody is writing about it.

Trump claimed in a series of Saturday tweets that Obama had telephones at Trump Tower wiretapped. He offered no evidence or details to support his claim, and Obama's spokesman has denied it.

The White House says it wants the congressional committees that are investigating Russian interference in last year's U.S. presidential election to also examine whether "executive branch investigative powers" were abused in 2016.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's "This Week": "If they're going to investigate Russia ties, let's include this as part of it. That's what we're asking."