FBI Director James Comey has asked the Department Justice to refute Trump’s claim that the Obama Administration spied on him. He requests the DOJ call it a false claim.
Trump made a claim on his Twitter feed Saturday that Obama ordered a wiretap on his phones before the election, but to do that he would have had to involve other governmental departments and have a judge sign off on it, and there is no proof available that this occurred.
National Intelligence Director James Clapper said today that a Foreign Surveillance Act wiretap was not authorized against Trump or the campaign.
“There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign,” Clapper said.
Trump’s claim also insinuates the FBI acted illegally by suggesting the agency authorized a wiretap on a presidential candidate.
Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente is overseeing the current probe by the Justice Department on Russian links to last year’s election. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation after it was disclosed last week that he had spoken privately with a Russian Ambassador and did not disclose that fact during his confirmation.
Sessions himself, could be on the ropes for making a false or misleading statement to Congress. It’s thought Trump’s allegations were likely brought forth to divert attention away from Sessions, who he would rather have leading the Russian investigation.