DOJ & FBI Confirm Trump Lied in 'Wiretap' Tweets

Elias Hubbard
September 3, 2017

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!'

Later, the BBC confirmed reports in right-leaning USA media that said the Obama administration had sought a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in June, 2016 to eavesdrop on select individuals close to Trump during the presidential campaign as part of the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian election tampering. Turned down by court earlier.

American Oversight said in a statement that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice have now sided with Comey and confirmed in writing that President Trump lied when he tweeted t hat former President Obama "wiretapped" him at Trump Tower".

In March, Trump posted a series of tweets in which he claimed Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, but offered no evidence to back up the statements.

Former FBI Director James Comey said essentially the same thing about Trump's "wires tapped" tweet nearly immediately after the president hit "send" on Twitter dot com.

The Department of Justice's National Security Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have concluded that there is no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim in March that President Barack Obama ordered a wiretapping on Trump Tower during the election.

Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes confirmed the allegations were false and no President has ever been permitted to legally order the device.

There was "no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI", Comey testified under oath.

This is apparently the first time that the Department of Justice has officially weighed in on the matter.

The watchdog organization sued the department in April seeking any warrant applications and court orders to wiretap Trump Tower after its FOIA request was denied. The disclosure of the existence or nonexistence of other responsive records "would cause harm to national security" and is therefore exempted under the law, the motion said. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false'.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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