Trump claims 'Obama had to know about' efforts to undermine presidency

(R) Pres. Trump at campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla, 11/3/2018. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty) (L) Former Pres.Obama at campaign rally for Ohio Gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray in Cleveland, Ohio, 9/13/2018 (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty)

President Trump, in remarks broadcast Sunday, said former President Obama "certainly must have known about" what he characterized as high-level efforts by "FBI guys that were low-lifes" and other intelligence operatives to undermine his presidency.

Speaking in a contentious interview with ABC News’ "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos, Trump blunted his accusation by adding, "I'm not gonna make that statement quite yet." But, as two Justice Department inquiries actively probe the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, Trump hinted more facts would soon come out.

"You clearly believe there was a group of people working against you," Stephanopoulos asked. "Do you think President Obama was behind it?"

"I would say that he certainly must have known about it because it went very high up in the chain," Trump responded. "But, you're gonna find that out. I'm not gonna make that statement quite yet. But I would say that President Obama had to know about it."

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