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The Department of Justice issued a motion for summary judgment Friday that confirmed that both the FBI and the DOJ’s National Security Division found “no records” related to a wiretapping accusation against President Barack Obama that President Donald Trump made earlier this year.
On March 4, Trump tweeted the assertion that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower prior to his November election victory.
“This is McCarthyism!” Trump wrote.
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
At the time, then-FBI Director James Comey told the Justice Department to reject Trump’s allegations, and later that month, he testified to the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI didn’t have any information to support Trump’s claims.
American Oversight, a nonpartisan watchdog group, ultimately filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking information regarding Trump’s assertions. And, as it turns out, there were none.
“Both FBI and NSD confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” the Justice Department’s motion reads.
Read the entire motion from the Justice Department below:
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.