In a rebuke of claims made by the Trump administration, United States Federal Bureau of Enforcement (FBI) Director James Comey testified before Congress that no information has surfaced to substantiate President Trump’s claims that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in the time leading up to last year’s Presidential election.
Trump originally made the claims against the former President in a March 4th tweet that presumably relied on claims made in the American conservative media as a source.
Director Comey also stated that despite overwhelming evidence of Russian interference in elections, no conclusive evidence has emerged that would indicate cooperation between Russia and the Trump campaign. Still, the agency is launching an exhaustive investigation to determine whether or not evidence exists that so far has yet to surface.
The FBI does not typically comment on or confirm the existence of on-going investigations, but Comey stated that they can if the information serves a public need. He received authorization from the Justice Department prior to confirming the current investigation. Director Comey was roundly criticized by Democratic leaders when he announced that a probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server was re-opened after new emails surfaced, just eleven days before the election.