The U.S. Justice Department said it had no evidence to support the unsubstantiated claim made in March by President Donald Trump that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.
"The FBI as the NSD [National Security Division, department of the ministry of Justice] have confirmed that they had no record relating to registrations as described by the tweets of march 4, 2017 ", announced the ministry in response to a query on freedom of information filed by an agency of government control.
"Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower". While the Federal Bureau of Investigation had denied any such surveillance, it's the first time the Justice Department has issued a denial.
"With Special Counsel Mueller's team closing in - and reportedly investigating attempts by Mr. Trump to mislead the public on Russian Federation - this filing serves as further proof that the president's words simply can not be trusted".
"Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!", Trump had tweeted in March this year. Trump tweeted. "How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process".
The DoJ statement was in response to a lawsuit by the watchdog group American Oversight. Disclosure of such records "would cause harm to national security", the department said.
Back in March, the President sent out a slew of fiery tweets writing things like, "Terrible!"
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The FBI had already refuted the allegations, presidential, started, while the controversy intensified on the supposed links between the campaign team of Donald Trump and the Russian federation. "This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" he added.
After Trump made the claims in March, the then-FBI Director James Comey told Congress there was no evidence to support the contention that Trump Tower had been wiretapped.
The White House shrugged off the DoJ report, saying, "This is not news".
'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, ' Lewis wrote in the public statement.
He said at a House intelligence committee hearing, "We have no information to support those tweets".
Trump has never produced any evidence to back his claim over wiretapping of Trump Towers. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false'.