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Trump rejects Comey’s assertion that Obama did not wiretap him

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Trump rejects Comey’s assertion that Obama did not wiretap him

According to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday, Comander-in-Chief President Trump does not accept F.B.I. director, James B. Comey’s contention that Mr. Trump falsely claimed that President Barack Obama had him wiretapped. On Sunday, it was reported by the New York Times that Mr. Comey had asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject the President’s assertions, arguing that the highly charged claim is untrue and must be corrected. However, the department has not released any such statement.

When asked early Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” whether Mr. Trump accepted Mr. Comey’s contention, Sanders replied, “I don’t think he does.”

“I think he firmly believes that this is a story line that has been reported pretty widely by quite a few outlets,” Ms. Sanders said. She went on to cite several news reports about the F.B.I.’s investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

ABC News host George Stephanopoulos, who interviewed Ms. Sanders, pointed out that the articles Ms. Sanders cited did not back up Trump’s claims that former President Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped the month before the election, but Sanders quickly stated that Obama had ordered wiretapping on several citizens.

On Saturday, President Trump started the controversy when he made a series of posts on Twitter that said he had just learned that Mr. Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower in October.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory,” Mr. Trump said. “Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

Mr. Trump added: “This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

No one really knows what led Mr. Trump to make the claims, but administration officials have acknowledged that it was primarily based on unverified claims by Breitbart News and conservative talk radio hosts that secret warrants were issued authorizing the tapping of the phones of Mr. Trump and his aides at Trump Tower in New York.

Further on in the interview, Ms. Sanders said that she did not know whether Mr. Trump had been in contact with Mr. Comey. “I don’t know that he has gotten a firm denial from the F.B.I.,” she said.

Again, Mr. Stephanopoulos asked whether Mr. Trump accepted Mr. Comey’s contention.

“The president wants the truth to come out to the American people, and he is asking that it be done through the House Intelligence Committee and that that be the process that we go through,” Ms. Sanders said.


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