Since President Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims against the former Obama administration sprouted Saturday (March 4), the Federal Bureau of Investigation has called on the Department of Justice to publically reject the accusations suggesting that Barack Obama and the FBI broke the law.
The New York Times reports FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department over the weekend to rebuke the claims since there’s no proof to support the notion that the Obama administration tapped Trump Tower phones during the 2016 presidential elections. Trump made his allegations on Saturday via Twitter and compared the faux crime to Watergate and McCarthyism.
As if the current political climate wasn’t murky enough, Comey’s demand to the Justice Department continues to question Trump’s handling of the White House and his overall truthfulness. A spokesman for the Justice Department declined to comment on Comey’s request, as well as the Trump Administration. Before Comey’s demands, White House press secretary Sean Spicer released a statement pushing forward Trump’s claims on the previous administration.
“President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016,” he said.
Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Obama denied the claims. “A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” Lewis said.
For now, many are wondering if the White House has any shred of evidence they’d like to present to the public. During her appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) suggested Trump should remain quiet while an investigation is launched into his claims. “It would probably be helpful if he gave more information,” she said. “But it would also be helpful if he just didn’t comment further and allowed us to do our work. The committee’s work is underway. I am convinced that we are going to do the kind of exhaustive, in-depth, and prompt investigation that will help put these allegations to rest.”
“It would probably be helpful if [POTUS] gave more information but it would also be helpful if he … didn’t comment further” -Sen. Collins pic.twitter.com/WPqrn6nEZR
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) March 5, 2017
Collins sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), the committee’s vice chair. Warner shared a different view of the scandal, calling Trump’s actions “reckless.”
“I thought the president’s comments could no longer surprise me, but boy this one yesterday surprised me,” he said. “To make that type of claim without any evidence is I think very reckless.”