The U.S. Justice Department confirmed late Friday that neither it nor the FBI found evidence to support the president's claim that Trump Tower was ever wiretapped during the 2016 election.
The court filing marks the first time the Department of Justice has officially denied the substance of President Donald Trump's tweets from March.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
“Both FBI and NSD (National Security Division) confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets," the Motion for Summary Judgement, which was filed in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, noted.
The FOIA suit filed by the watchdog group American Oversight sought the "release of records – including warrant applications and court orders – for surveillance of Trump Tower or associates of the Trump campaign."
"The FBI and Department of Justice have now sided with former Director Comey and confirmed in writing that President Trump lied when he tweeted that former President Obama ‘wiretapped’ him at Trump Tower," Austin Evers, American Oversight's executive director, said in a statement.
Previously former FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denied that the Obama administration surveilled the Trump campaign. However, the Justice Department said that it could neither confirm nor deny the existence of other records related to wiretaps.