No evidence Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, says US justice department

Washington: The US justice department has confirmed there is no evidence to back up President Donald Trump's claim that his predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election campaign.

AFP September 03, 2017 08:36:01 IST
No evidence Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, says US justice department

Washington: The US justice department has confirmed there is no evidence to back up President Donald Trump's claim that his predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election campaign.

No evidence Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower says US justice department

File image of Barack Obama. Reuters

"Both FBI and NSD (National Security Division) confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the 4 March, 2017 tweets," the department said in a court filing dated Friday that came about in response to a freedom of information request by American Oversight, a government watchdog.

The NSD is a division of the Department of Justice. The FBI had previously shot down the claims, that were made as controversy over alleged links between Trump's campaign team and Russia intensified earlier this year.

"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" Trump tweeted on 4 March.

"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" he added.

Trump's former spokesman Sean Spicer defended the claim and cited a Fox News report which alleged that Britain's GCHQ spy agency did the wiretapping for Obama.

National Security Agency director Admiral Mike Rogers strongly rebutted the suggestion, telling a congressional hearing: "That would be expressly against the construct of the Five Eyes agreement that's been in place for decades."

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