On Saturday, after Trump made the wire tapping allegation against Obama on Twitter, FBI director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that Obama ordered the tapping of Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday.
Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, but the department has not released any such statement.
The FBI director has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the FBI broke the law, the officials said.
From NY Times:
Mr. Comey’s request is a remarkable rebuke of a sitting president, putting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the position of questioning Mr. Trump’s truthfulness. The confrontation between the two is the most serious consequence of Mr. Trump’s weekend Twitter outburst, and it underscores the dangers of what the president and his aides have unleashed by accusing the former president of a conspiracy to undermine Mr. Trump’s young administration.
The White House showed no indication that it would back down from Mr. Trump’s claims. On Sunday, the president demanded a congressional inquiry into whether Mr. Obama had abused the power of federal law enforcement agencies before the 2016 presidential election. In a statement from his spokesman, Mr. Trump called “reports” about the wiretapping “very troubling” and said that Congress should examine them as part of its investigations into Russia’s meddling in the election.
Along with concerns about potential attacks on the bureau’s credibility, senior F.B.I. officials are said to be worried that the notion of a court-approved wiretap will raise the public’s expectations that the federal authorities have significant evidence implicating the Trump campaign in colluding with Russia’s efforts to disrupt the presidential election.
One problem Mr. Comey has faced is that there are few senior politically appointed officials at the Justice Department who can make the decision to release a statement, the officials said. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on Thursday from all matters related to the federal investigation into connections between Mr. Trump, his associates and Russia.
Clearly, if what Trump is claiming is true, the FBI is going to need to scramble and do as much damage control as possible or else they’re in big trouble.
The U.S. government is becoming more corrupt by the day. Hopefully, Trump’s allegations of Obama wire tapping his phone are false, because if not, things may be much worse than we previously thought.
Did NYT Make Up FBI’s Comey Wiretap Denial?
Late yesterday, a New York Times report indicated FBI Director James Comey asked that a statement be made from the DOJ to repudiate President Trump’s claims that Mr. Trump’s home and offices were under surveillance by the Obama government during the 2016 Election. The NYT claim was then quickly repeated by other Mainstream Media outlets in order to turn a claim into a fact.
That’s how fake news works, because guess what? As of this writing, James Comey has actually said no such thing. At least not publicly.
The NYT piece cited “senior U.S. officials” as the source for their quickly assembled story to provide push-back against the president’s claims of Obama wiretapping.
There was no actual statement or quote from Director Comey himself. In fact, both the FBI and the DOJ refused to comment.
What the New York Times did was cite anonymous sources, create a headline that made it appear Comey had said his comments publicly, and then push it out to its fellow leftist news organizations so that by Monday morning, the “Comey denies Trump claims of wiretapping” becomes fact in the minds of the people.
That is NOT fact. That is fake news courtesy of the New York Times and all others who repeated the misrepresentation of comments Mr. Comey never actually said. (certainly not publicly/officially)
The Trump White House is now actually encouraging Mr. Comey to come forward to share what he knows regarding the Obama surveillance of then-candidate Donald Trump:
Additionally, The Hill reports that Trump aide Kellyanne Conway also called for Comey to share any information he might have on Trump’s allegations.
“If Mr. Comey has something he’d like to say I’m sure we’re all willing to hear it,” Conway said on Fox News. “All I saw was a published news report. I didn’t see a statement from him. I don’t know what Mr. Comey knows.
“If he knows, of course he can issue a statement,” Conway said. “We know he’s not shy.”