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The US Justice Department may be close to throwing cold water on Trump's wiretapping claims

March 18,2017 11:06

A classified report from the US Justice Department reportedly does not confirm President Donald Trump's accusations that President Barack Obama ordered a spying operation against him during the 2016 election, CNN reported, citing two government ...and more »



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A classified report from the US Justice Department reportedly
does not confirm President Donald Trump's accusations that
President Barack Obama ordered a spying operation against him
during the 2016 election,
CNN reported, citing two government officials familiar with
the DOJ document.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California and House Intelligence
Committee Chair Devin Nunes, a Republican, both indicated to CNN
on Friday that they do not believe the DOJ's report backs up
Trump's wiretapping allegations.

"There's really no question about this. The president's
statements before, and his tweets since leading right up today,
have no basis in fact," Schiff said. The bipartisan committee

issued a statement earlier this week to that effect, saying
it sees "no indications" that Trump was wiretapped.

Leaders from the House and Senate Intelligence Committees asked
the Justice Department for evidence after Trump called for a
congressional inquiry into his as-yet-unproven wiretapping
claims. On Monday, the DOJ asked for more time to compile its
report, and it was given until March 20 to deliver it — the same
day of a scheduled hearing on the matter.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a
statement to CNN that the department "has complied with the
request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence
Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related
to surveillance during the 2016 election." Flores did not comment
on the contents of the report.

Trump's unfounded wiretapping allegations have taken a number of
turns in the two weeks since the president made the explosive
charge.

Multiple US officials, the bipartisan Senate Intelligence
Committee, Britain's Global Communications Headquarters (GCHQ),
and current and former Obama associates have denied all of the
Trump administration's claims that Obama directed a spy operation
at Trump. But the White House has persisted.

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