Posted by: maboulette | March 13, 2017

FBI and President Trump


The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department last week to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Obama ordered the tapping of Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Dir. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, but the department has not released any such statement.


Dir. Comey made the demand on Saturday after Trump leveled his accusation on Twitter. Comey has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down Mr. Trump’s claim because there is no evidence to support it and it submits that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.


Any statement by the Justice Department or Mr. Comey rebutting Trump’s allegations would be an extraordinary rebuke of a sitting president, putting the nation’s top law enforcement officials in the position of questioning the truthfulness of the government’s top leader. This situation underscores the high stakes of what the president and his aides have set out by accusing the former president of a conspiracy to weaken Trump’s young administration.


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