WASHINGTON, March 6, 2017 — FBI Director James Comey has asked the Department of Justice to publicly deny President Donald Trump’s wiretapping accusations. Comey says the President’s recent accusations are untrue.
Trump made the accusations in a Twitter-storm on Sunday. Despite Comey’s request, the White House did not back off on Sunday and called for Congress to investigate. Press Secretary Sean Spicer released the following statement:
“President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”
President Obama’s former spokesman Kevin Lewis publicly called the accusation false. He said that Obama never ordered the wiretapping of any American citizen.
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.”
Trump has routinely made allegations of illegal activities without real proof. During his first days in the Oval Office, he posted a number of Twitter posts saying that millions of voters had cast ballots illegally. It appears that Trump has based his claims on conspiracy theories stirred up by right-wing websites like Breitbart.
James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said on Sunday that Trump’s presidential campaign was not wiretapped under his watch. Trump equated his accusations to Nixon and Watergate. The White House continues to push Trump’s claims.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio appeared on television and did not back Trump’s allegations.
“Suffice it to say I don’t have any basis; I’ve never heard that allegation made before by anybody … I’ve never seen anything about that anywhere before. But again, the president put that out there, and now the White House will have to answer as to exactly what he was referring to.”
The Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes said his committee would look into the accusations as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia’s influence on America’s elections.