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FBI Director James Comey waits for the start of a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Session and the heads of federal law enforcement components at the Department of Justice in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

James Comey asked the DOJ to reject Trump's wiretapping claims. Trump's team fired back.


UPDATE March 6, 8:57 a.m.:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, spokeswoman for President Trump, said said she "didn't think" Trump accepted FBI Director James Comey's denial that Trump Tower had been wiretapped before the election.

Trump "wants the truth to come out," Sanders told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday.

Here's Sanders' morning show appearance. 

If Mr. Comey has something he'd like to say, I'm sure we're all willing to hear it ... If he knows, of course he can issue a statement.
Kellyanne Conway

On Sunday, Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said she wanted Comey to speak publicly. The New York Times originally reported that Comey was asking the Department of Justice to reject the wiretapping claims.

ORIGINAL STORY: FBI Director James Comey has asked the Justice Department to publicly refute President Trump's claim that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of the real estate mogul's phones before the 2016 election, government officials familiar with the situation told ABC News

Comey reportedly made the request because he was concerned the president's tweets could make it seem as though the FBI acted "improperly." Both the FBI and the Department of Justice declined ABC News' request for comment.

Trump fired off a series of tweets Saturday, calling Obama a "bad (or sick) guy," and likening the alleged wiretapping to the Watergate scandal. 

Despite the claims, Trump has yet to offer up any evidence to prove that this occurred. 

Trump also called for a congressional investigation of the claims. Sunday White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted saying that "reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling."

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told ABC's Martha Raddatz on "This Week" that Trump's claims are just a distraction.

An Obama spokesperson denied the former president's involvement in a statement obtained by ABC News. 

"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," the spokesperson said. 

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