FBI Director asked Department of Justice to reject Trump’s claims of wiretapping, received no reply

According to the New York Times, FBI Director James Comey has asked the Department of Justice to publicly reject US President Donald Trump’s claims that Barack Obama wiretapped the current president’s communications during the election campaign.
Comey Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

After US President Donald Trump claimed that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phone during the election campaign, it was reported by the New York Times that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey has asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to publicly reject Trump’s claims. The DOJ ignored the request and has yet to publish a response.

Comey explained that Trump’s claims are false and have no proof and rely solely on a report made by far-right Breitbart News. He added that there is an urgent need to dismiss them as they insinuate that the FBI broke the law.

Yesterday, Trump formally requested a congressional investigation into the matter. “Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling," said White House Spokesman Sean Spicer in a statement.

Former US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper denied Trump’s allegations. “For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.”

Trump Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

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