According to a brief filed late Friday, the Department of Justice stated that it has no evidence that former President Barack Obama wire-tapped now-President Donald Trump’s offices in Trump Tower prior to the election.
The FBI has been investigating the claim since Trump tweeted in March, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
He then added, “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”
The series of tweets opened up a can of worms for the President — as well as aides and family members — many of whom are being scrutinized by the FBI.
As for Trump’s claim, the Justice Department responded to a FOIA lawsuit filed by American Oversight stating: “Both FBI and NSD confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described” by the president.
The brief, which can be found here, concludes: “For reasons set forth above, the FBI has no record responsive to the “wiretap” portion of Plaintiff’s request to the extent that the request seeks records related to the President’s March 4th tweet.”