FBI director challenges Trump claims over Obama wiretapping- reports

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James Comey reportedly asked DoJ to refute chairpeople allegation because of his concern that it was false and suggested the FBI had transgressed the law

James Comey, the director of the FBI, has reportedly asked the US justice department to publicly repudiate asserts made by Donald Trump that Barack Obama ordered his phones to be tapped during the 2016 election campaign.

Comey attained the request on Saturday because of his concern that the accusation was false and indicated the FBI had transgressed the law, according to the New York Times. Unnamed US officials confirmed Comeys move to the Associated Press, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

The justice department is yet to respond and the FBI has refused to comment on the reports.

On Saturday Trump tweeted asserts, without evidence, that Obama had ordered the FBI to tap the phones at Trump Tower in New York.

Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump)

How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/ Watergate. Bad( or sick) guy!

March 4, 2017

On Sunday, the White House asked Congress to investigate the accusation, despite James Clapper, Obamas director of national intelligence, saying nothing matching Trumps claims had taken place.

Absolutely, I can deny it, said Clapper, who left government when Trump took office in January. An Obama spokesman also called Trumps tweets unequivocally false.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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