There is no evidence that supports President Donald J. Trump’s accusation that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election, the Department of Justice said on Friday.
Trump motivated the investigation back in March 2017 when he Obama of wiretapping his offices prior for the 2016 election.
“How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” Trump said in the tweets.
The DOJ investigation didn’t turn up any evidence to support the comments from 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 of the court filing. “FBI again confirmed that Case 1:17-cv-00718-RCL Document 12 Filed 09/01/17 Page 4 of 39 they do not have any such records by consulting with personnel knowledgeable about Director Comey’s statements and the surveillance activities of the FBI. ”
Trump called Obama’s move back in March an example of “McCarthyism”.
In December 2016, President Obama imposed sanctions on Russia and ordered Russian diplomats to leave the United States citing the country’s role in hacking political organizations in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
A few months later, Trump’s national security adviser, General Michael Flynn resigned following an admission that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States prior to Trump’s inauguration.
Although Flynn assured Vice President Mike Pence that discussions of U.S. sanctions had not taken place with the Russians, transcripts of intercepted communications, detailed by U.S. officials, revealed that sanctions were a topic of conversation between Flynn and the Russian ambassador.
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