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Trump’s Claim That ‘Sick’ Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower Is False, Says His Own Justice Department

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Trump’s Claim That ‘Sick’ Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower Is False, Says His Own Justice Department

In a court filing late Friday, the Justice Department confirmed that neither it nor the FBI has any evidence that Trump Tower was the target of surveillance efforts by the Obama administration during the 2016 presidential election as alleged by President Trump in a series of tweets earlier this year.

In March, Trump took to Twitter to claim: ‘Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!’ Thirty-minutes later, he tweeted: ‘How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!’

The revelation came after a Motion for Summary Judgement was filed in D.C. district court in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the watchdog group American Oversight. The group had been seeking government records of surveillance in Trump Tower.

The Friday filing marks the Justice Department’s first official denial of the substance of Trump’s wiretapping allegations earlier this year.

Former FBI Director James Comey had already denied that the FBI ever wiretapped Trump.

“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,” Austin Evers, America Oversight’s executive director, said in a statement.

The Trump administration has not provided any evidence that supports Trump’s surveillance allegations, and a spokesman for Obama rejected that the administration wiretapped the real estate mogul’s building.


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