The US Justice Department has confirmed it has no records of wiretaps President Donald Trump claimed were made of Trump Tower. Its statement came in response to a freedom of information request by a government watchdog.
"Both the FBI and NSD [National Security Division - a division of the Department of Justice] confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets," the department said in a court filing, referring to tweets sent by President Donald Trump alleging that former President Barack Obama had tapped his phone in Trump Tower ahead of the election.
The FBI had dismissed the president's claims, which were made as a controversy over alleged links between Trump's campaign team and Russia intensified. The FBI's director at the time, James Comey, said there was no evidence of a wiretap at Trump Tower.
Trump is facing several investigations into alleged collusion between members of his campaign team with Russian officials, and made the claims in March in what appears to have been an attempt to throw them off the scent.
Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, said, "The FBI and Department of Justice have now sided with former Director Comey and confirmed in writing that President Trump lied when he tweeted that former President Obama 'wiretapped' him at Trump Tower.
"This filing confirms that even Trump's own Department of Justice does not believe he has credibility on a key element of the Russia investigation," Evers said.