Reports: Comey Asked DOJ To Refute Trump's Wiretap Claims

Evan Vucci

FBI Director James Comey this weekend asked the Justice Department to push back on President Donald Trump's accusation that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign, according to several Sunday news reports.

The New York Times first reported the news, which was later confirmed by NBC News, the Washington Post, and ABC News.

Comey argued that Trump's claim was false, but the Justice Department has yet to release a statement rejecting Trump's claims. The President leveled the accusation in tweets on Saturday without citing any evidence.

Following Trump's Saturday tweets, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday called for Congress to investigate Trump's claims.

A spokesman for Obama denied that the former president ordered a Trump wiretap, and the former director of national intelligence said he was unaware of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order green-lighting surveillance of Trump Tower.

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