Justice Department confirms no evidence Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

Zbigniew Bzdak  Chicago Tribune files Barack Obama has denied any surveillance

Zbigniew Bzdak Chicago Tribune files Barack Obama has denied any surveillance

The u. s. department of Justice, confirmed Saturday that he had no evidence to support the assertions of the us president in which his predecessor, Barack Obama, had to listen to the Trump Tower during the presidential election campaign.

"The most recent claims from the Justice Department confirming a lack of evidence are in response to a lawsuit filed by American Oversight, a non-partisan oversight group who had filed a Freedom of Information Act to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the DOJ" s National Security Division for all records pertaining to this claim.

"Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower". Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!' Trump tweeted early on the morning of March 4. Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? "This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"

Later, the BBC confirmed reports in right-leaning USA media that said the Obama administration had sought a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in June, 2016 to eavesdrop on select individuals close to Trump during the presidential campaign as part of the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian election tampering.

The White House shrugged off the DoJ report, saying, "This is not news".

Obama's spokesman, Kevin Lewis, previously refuted Trump's allegations. Trump's then-press secretary Sean Spicer later walked back the claims, arguing that Trump had "used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities".

The Justice Department on Friday said in a court filing there was no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration tapped the phones at Trump Tower.

The court filing stated there were "no records related to wiretaps as described" by Trump.

"Both FBI and NSD [Department of Justice's National Security Division] confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets", the DOJ wrote in a summary judgment court filing on September 1. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false'.

The DOJ document also makes clear that its response does not "confirm or deny" the existence of other records that might pertain to American Oversight's request that must be withheld due to national security concerns, including disclosing "intelligence sources and methods".

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