Justice confirms no evidence of Trump Tower wiretap claim

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has revealed no evidence exists to support President Trump’s claim former President Barack Obama authorized surveillance of then-candidate Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

“Both the FBI and NSD [National Security Division – a division of the Department of Justice] confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” read a Justice Department legal filing Friday.

Friday’s DOJ motion for a summary judgement was in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by watchdog group, American Oversight, which had sought evidence to back Mr. Trump’s claim.

“The FBI and Department of Justice have now sided with former Director Comey and confirmed in writing that President Trump lied when he tweeted that former President Obama ‘wiretapped’ him at Trump Tower,” the group’s executive director, Austin Ever, said.

In March, Trump said in a series of tweets his predecessor had consented to placing Trump Tower in Manhattan under federal observation. It was later alleged the surveillance was carried out by Great Britain’s intelligence apparatus, Government Communications Headquarters.

Both the Senate intelligence committee and the FBI had refuted Trump’s claim, which was made as allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election intensified.

Security experts have suggested however that Trump and his campaign associates could have been swept up incidentally in surveillance operations targeting foreigners, but not in the manner Trump charged in March.


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