The Justice Department admitted it has no evidence that wiretaps were placed in Trump Tower during the presidential campaign — refuting the president’s March charge that the Obama administration had been listening in on his phones.
The admission came in a court filing late Friday regarding a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by American Oversight, a government watchdog group.
But the department refused to say if any other types of surveillance were conducted, citing national security concerns.
“The FBI and Department of Justice have now sided with former Director [James] Comey and confirmed in writing that President Trump lied when he tweeted that former President Obama ‘wiretapped’ him at Trump Tower,” said Austin Evers of American Oversight.
Trump set off an uproar in the early weeks of his administration with his accusation, made in a series of dawn tweets.
“Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory,” he wrote on March 4. “Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”