6 Mar 2017
Writer: Azizullah Popal

FBI Director Urges Justice Dept. to Reject Trump Claim on Wiretap

FBI director James Comey has asked the Justice Department to reject publicly Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama wiretapped his communications, according to US media reports. Senior officials close to Comey said he has privately called on the department to dismiss the false claims, the New York Times reported. Trump tweeted on Saturday that Obama had ordered FBI agents to monitor communications coming in and out of Trump Tower in October. The Justice Department has yet to issue a formal statement on the matter. Comey privately said he believed there was no evidence to support Trump’s claim, US media reported. He will come under pressure from Democrats to come out with a public statement on the matter, as it is the FBI that would have records to show whether Trump's claims are true. Obama has denied ever ordering the wiretapping of any US citizen and his spokesman Kevin Lewis said a "cardinal rule" of his administration was that "no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice".

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