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Sessions And Comey Distance DOJ From Wiretapping Claims

| by Oren Peleg

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is responding to claims by President Donald Trump that former President Barack Obama had Trump wiretapped during the campaign.

Sessions has stated that he never gave Trump evidence to substantiate the claim.

During a meeting with reporters in Richmond, Virginia, Sessions was asked if had briefed the president on investigations related to the campaign, CNN reports.

"Did you ever give him any reason to believe that he was wiretapped by the previous administration?" the reporter asked.

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"Look, the answer is no," Sessions responded.

Sessions isn't the only U.S. Department of Justice official to oppose President Trump's wiretapping accusation. On March 5, FBI Director James Comey asked the DOJ to publicly reject the claim, reports The New York Times.

The response of Comey, Sessions and even National Security Agency head Mike Rogers, has led Congress to raise concern over Trump's comments.

"It deeply concerns me that the president would make such an accusation without basis," Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat, on the House Intelligence Committee said, reports Reuters.

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"We don't have any evidence that that took place," the committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, continued. "I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower."

Nunes added that "clearly the president was wrong" if Trump's March 4 tweet, in which he first stated the wiretapping claim, is taken literally.

Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for former President Obama, said that neither he "nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen," according to CNN. "Any suggestion otherwise is simply false."

Furthermore, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, and a chief GOP critic of the president, has subpoenaed the FBI for evidence of the wiretap.

The FBI "is about to screw up big time if they keep running to the intel committee and not answer that letter," asking for evidence of the wiretapping, Graham said. "If they don't honor this request and give us an answer, then I would say we need a Joint Select Committee because the regular order is not working."

"There is significant reporting about surveillance techniques that have existed throughout the 2016 election," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded when asked about President Trump's confidence in evidence supporting his wiretapping claim, NPR reports. "I think [the president] feels very confident that what will ultimately come of this will vindicate him."

Sources: CNN (2), The New York Times, Reuters, NPR / Photo Credit: Ryan J. Reilly/Flickr

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