Trump trolled on Twitter as Comey debunks Obama wiretap claim
Giving testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, Comey completely undermined Trump’s allegations, saying “no information that supports” the claims has been found.
“I have no information that supports those tweets,” Comey said. “And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components.”
Trump made the claims in a series of tweets in early March. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” he stated.
“Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”
Trump later said the claims were based on a report by by Judge Andrew Napolitano which he saw on Fox News: "We said nothing… All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for [the claim]."
Comey said there is a "rigorous, rigorous process" to go through before anyone in the US is put under surveillance.
"So, President Obama could not directly order a wiretap?" he was asked. “No president could,” Comey replied. However, he declined to answer if a FISA court approved or denied a surveillance request. It was the first time Comey publicly addressed the allegations.
Comey’s statement sparked numerous responses on Twitter including from former Attorney General Eric Holder, Congresswoman Jackie Speier and actress Mia Farrow.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes also recently addressed the allegations, saying that no evidence has been found.