On Friday night, the Department of Justice took part in the “time-honored tradition” of the Friday night news dump to release an embarrassing admission: there is no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama had him wiretapped.
“The Justice Department was responding to a Freedom of Information Act request for evidence backing up the president’s claim,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said of the blink-and-you’d-miss-it statement, “but even the president’s own Justice Department came up snake-eyes on that roll.”
The brief filing claims that “both FBI and [National Security Division] confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets.”
Confirming fired FBI Director James Comey’s assertion that he had no knowledge of an Obama-ordered wiretap of Trump Tower, Tapper analyzed the timing of the release of the DOJ’s filing.
“Friday night document dumps are a time-honored tradition for putting out information so that you don’t pay any attention to it,” Tapper said. “Holiday weekend Friday night news dumps are traditionally when the administration is so embarrassed about the information….it’s doing everything it can to hide it.”
“This information is embarrassing,” he continued. “It’s embarrassing because the president said something that wasn’t true at all.”
“The bottom line is: there is no evidence that Donald Trump was wiretapped by Barack Obama,” he concluded. “It was and continues to be a lie.”
Watch the video below via CNN: