The United States Justice Department has said that there is no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claim that his predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“Both FBI and NSD confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” CNN quoted the Justice Department as saying in a court filing on Friday.
According to the report, the DOJ made the statement in a motion for summary judgment filed in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by a group pushing for government transparency, American Oversight.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!,” Trump had tweeted in March this year.
“How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process.This is Nixon/Watergate,” Trump said in a tweet.
Erlier in March, James Comey, who was FBI director at the time Trump made the statements, had informed the Congress that there was no evidence to support the contention that Trump Tower had been wiretapped.
However, the Justice Department clarified that it and the FBI “do not confirm or deny the existence” of any other records that are responsive to the group’s request, which was broader than the alleged wiretaps of Trump Tower.
Trump has never produced any evidence to back his claim over wiretapping of Trump Towers.