Comey confirms FBI, Justice Dept. have no evidence supporting Trump’s wiretapping claims

FBI Director James Comey testified Monday that the FBI and Department of Justice have no information supporting President Trump’s claim that President Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the 2016 election.

“I have no information that supports those tweets, we have looked carefully within the FBI,” Comey said, adding that he had been instructed by officials at the DOJ to tell the House Committee it similarly had no information to affirm the president’s assertions.

Comey confirmed that the president cannot lawfully order such a wiretap. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, who was also at the House Committee hearing, stated that the NSA had not asked the British to conduct such surveillance, a false notion that had been put forth by the Trump administration as explanation for why there was no evidence of President Trump’s wiretapping claims.

Ranking Committee Chair Adam Schiff asked Rogers whether the president’s claims about British intelligence, as well as comments he made to German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week about the prior administration’s surveillance of foreign powers, damaged our relations with those allies. Rogers confirmed that they “certainly complicates things.”

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