US House intel panel to probe Trump wiretap claims

US House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said President Donald Trump's allegations that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower last year will become part of his panel's investigation.

Trump has offered no evidence or details to support his claim, and Obama's spokesman has denied it.

The California Republican added in a statement his committee "will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party's campaign officials or surrogates.''

The committee was already investigating Russian interference in the presidential election.

Without offering evidence, Trump claimed in a series of Saturday tweets that former President Barack Obama had telephones at Trump Tower wiretapped.

The senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee called Trump's allegations "very reckless.''

Sen. Mark Warner also said "this feels like an attempt where the president is trying to distract us by throwing out unsubstantiated information.''

Trump Tower was the Republican presidential candidate's base of operations prior to the election.