Trump calls on Senate to question Obama in conspiracy theory

A 2016 photo shows Trump (left) and Obama at the White House after Trump was elected president. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Donald Trump broke with tradition on Thursday (May 14) by calling for investigation of his White House predecessor Barack Obama in the latest attempt to push a conspiracy theory about his Democratic opponents.

Washington operates under unwritten rules that presidents and ex-presidents avoid public clashes.

However Trump, less than six months from a volatile reelection showdown, called for Obama to testify in the Senate over a conspiracy theory he has dubbed "Obamagate."

The claim is that Obama's administration and a "deep state" tried to scuttle Trump's presidency using probes into his contacts with Russian entities.

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