NYT: Comey asks Justice Dept. to reject Trump's wiretapping claim
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump's assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump's phones, senior American officials said on Sunday, according to The New York Times (NYT).
Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement, NYT wrote.
Reuters: White House asks Congress to probe Trump's accusation of Obama wiretapMr. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.
A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment. Sarah Isgur Flores, the spokeswoman for the Justice Department, also declined to comment.