Justice Department seeks extension to provide wiretap evidence
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2017 – The Department of Justice has asked Congress for more time to provide evidence to support President Donald Trump’s allegations that President Obama wiretapped Trump’s offices at Trump Tower ahead of the 2016 election.
The DOJ’s request comes after missing the Monday deadline to provide evidence. The House Intelligence committee had sent letters throughout the intelligence community this week to obtain records related to Russia.
Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis has denied Trump’s claims and said, “neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denied the allegations on “Meet the Press.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared to backtrack Trump’s claims, saying the president “used the word wiretap in quotes, to mean broadly, surveillance, and other activities.” Republicans have distanced themselves from the president over the issue. Republican Senator John McCain on Sunday called on Trump to provide evidence for his allegation or retract it.
“The president has one of two choices—either retract or provide the information that the American people deserve,” McCain said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute.”
FBI Director James Comey has publicly called on the Justice Department to deny the allegations.
The Justice Department now has seven more days to come up with something.