FBI Director Asked DOJ To Publicly Reject Trump Wiretapping Claims

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In the latest dramatic plot twist to emerge from Trump's accusation that Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower prior to the election, the NYT reports that FBI director James Comey asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s allegation that Obama eavesdropped on the soon-to-be president. According to the NYT, which cites 'senior American officials' Comey has argued that the "highly charged claim" is false and must be corrected as there is no evidence to back them up, but the DOJ has not yet released any such statement.

In other words, just a few months after Democrats savaged Comey for supposedly attacking Clinton, and even being responsible for the failure of her presidential campaign according to John Podesta, now it is the Republicans' turn to accuse him of turning on Trump.

Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said. What is strange is that the FBI is requesting the DOJ to publicly deny Trump's claim when it is the FBI that has the jurisdiction to request a FISA warrant. It is therefore perplexing why Comey, if he wants to put the matter to rest, does not make the public denial himself instead of asking the DOJ to do it on the FBI's behalf.

To be sure, as the NYT adds, a statement by the DOJ or by Comey refuting Mr. Trump’s allegations "would be a remarkable 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" and adds that the situation "underscores the high stakes of what the president and his aides have unleashed by accusing the former president of a conspiracy to undermine Mr. Trump’s young administration."

Furthermore, it is unclear who at the DOJ would issue such as statement, "even if it wanted to one", as Trump's close ally, AG Jeff Sessions has recused himself from any Trump-Russia investigation. As the NYT points out, "there are few senior politically appointed officials at the Justice Department who can make the decision to release a statement, the officials said. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on Thursday from all matters related to the federal investigation into connections between Mr. Trump, his associates and Russia."

Furthermore, such a public statement would further position the nation's top law enforcement agencies against the Executive Branch.

Along with concerns about potential attacks on the bureau’s credibility, senior F.B.I. officials are said to be worried that the notion of a court-approved wiretap will raise the public’s expectations that the federal authorities have significant evidence implicating the Trump campaign in colluding with Russia’s efforts to disrupt the presidential election.

That, or raise even greater "worries" about allegations that the Obama administration was seeking to potentially sabotage a presidential candidate with a wiretap over Trump's Russian connections that, as Clapper admitted earlier, has found nothing.

In an additional ironic twist, Comey’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering is certain to invite contrasts to his actions last year, when he spoke publicly about the Hillary Clinton email case and disregarded Justice Department entreaties not to.

Meanwhile as reported earlier, the White House showed no indication that it would back down from Trump’s claims. On Sunday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that the White House has demanded a congressional inquiry into whether Obama had "abused the power" of federal law enforcement agencies prior the 2016 presidential election. In the statement, Trump called “reports” about the wiretapping “very troubling” and said that Congress should examine them as part of its investigations into Russia’s meddling in the election.

As reported earlier, according to Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, Trump was "pissed" about the wiretap story, and said that "when I mentioned Obama “denials” about the wiretaps, he shot back: “This will be investigated, it will all come out. I will be proven right.”

It is unclear if the Comey statement would be found evidentiary, and would put the matter to rest or if, as Trump has demanded, a full blown probe into the alleged wiretapping will proceed regardless, especially since as in the case of former DNI director Clapper earlier today, it would be the DOJ's word against that of the president.

In case Mr. Comey (or Ms. Lynch) needed a reminder of just what the so-called 'Obamagate' timeline looks like - and where the DoJ was allegedly involved - here is the story so far...

1. June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.


2. July: Russia joke. Wikileaks releases emails from the Democratic National Committee that show an effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from winning the presidential nomination. In a press conference, Donald Trump refers to Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails, joking: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” That remark becomes the basis for accusations by Clinton and the media that Trump invited further hacking.


3. October: Podesta emails. In October, Wikileaks releases the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling out batches every day until the election, creating new mini-scandals. The Clinton campaign blames Trump and the Russians.


4. October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.


5. January 2017: Buzzfeed/CNN dossier. Buzzfeed releases, and CNN reports, a supposed intelligence “dossier” compiled by a foreign former spy. It purports to show continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that the Russians have compromising information about Trump. None of the allegations can be verified and some are proven false. Several media outlets claim that they had been aware of the dossier for months and that it had been circulating in Washington.


6. January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, the outgoing Obama administration “expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.” The new powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.


7. January: Times report. The New York Times reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties. Other news outlets also report the exisentence of “a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.


8. February: Mike Flynn scandal. Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a private citizen — and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them. Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled Vice President Mike Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation.


9. February: Times claims extensive Russian contacts. The New York Times cites “four current and former American officials” in reporting that the Trump campaign had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The Trump campaign denies the claims — and the Times admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians. The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks.


10. March: the Washington Post targets Jeff Sessions. The Washington Post reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign — once at a Heritage Foundation event and once at a meeting in Sessions’s Senate office. The Post suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions’s testimony at his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the Post) it was clear he meant in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts. The New York Times, in covering the story, adds that the Obama White House “rushed to preserve” intelligence related to alleged Russian links with the Trump campaign. By “preserve” it really means “disseminate”: officials spread evidence throughout other government agencies “to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators” and perhaps the media as well.

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Safelyundergroundlul's picture

So. Who is in charge in America? 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

FBI is about to get caught with their hands in the "wiretapping" cookie jar!!!

Remember, the AG can order the FBI to wiretap.

So Close's picture

And the answer in reply to the challenge?   Crickets....

AVmaster's picture

It's because trump attacked obama...


Now the dims are banging a months supply of meth, heroin, coke, liquid THC, crokadile, arsinic, cyanide, and anything else they can inject into their veins/shove up their nose.... all in one blow...



CheapBastard's picture

Comey is another Obama puppet. Needs to go and be replaced with an American patriot.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

Comey is out of the closet now

another pedo-enabler to be marched to the guillotine

knukles's picture

Wait a sec.... The NYT Says What Again, Motherfucker?

Pinto Currency's picture

"He DOES have evidence." ex-CIA agent, on Obama wiretapping Trump


Includes information that UK actively worked against Trump campaign.

prime american's picture
prime american (not verified) Pinto Currency Mar 5, 2017 5:55 PM

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Bollixed's picture

Go suck Hillary's asshole.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Bollixed Mar 5, 2017 6:57 PM

Trump's response:

- Thank you Comey, now shut the door on your way out. And vacate the premises.

Good though that Trump has his men:

The Latest: House Intelligence Panel to Probe Trump Wiretap Claims


Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Yeah, like we'd believe this guy either...

His credibility is somewhere between Clapper and G-Dub.

philipat's picture

And again, note carefully that he isn't stating that there was NOT a wiretap, just that it wasn't Obama who ordered it. That might explain why he doesn't want to release ant statement personally (although wiretaps are within FBI jurisdiction) and would prefer DOJ to make the statement so that he could maintain "plausible deniability"?

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"What is strange is that the FBI is requesting the DOJ to publicly deny Trump's claim when it is the FBI that has the jurisdiction to request a FISA warrant. It is therefore perplexing why Comey, if he wants to put the matter to rest, does not make the public denial himself instead of asking the DOJ to do it on the FBI's behalf."~

You'd figure that Comey would welcome an investigation to settle the matter once and for all. This does not appear to be the case. In fact, Comey wants the exact opposite of an investigation, which for me is more than ample motivation to have one.

Comey has been running away from one hot potato right into the next one. The man's an invertebrate. It is a miracle he can stand upright at all. Scratch that. Standing upright does not seem to be a characteristic than can be readily applied to him. Slinking and slithering seems more accurately descriptive.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

'House of cards' in the open with the power brokers creating and destroying successively alliances as they may get them closer to the throne of power. After legitimately killing Clinton's dreams for POTUS now FBI seems interested to create a highly disorganized situation, a power vacuum where chaos would unleash and a dear leader of their choice would emerge as the savior - Comey itself or who else?!

jcaz's picture

Comey IS a spineless wonder-  I don't understand how he's lasted this long under Trump, other than it makes it easier for Trump to find his ass when the indictments start getting handed down.....

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) jcaz Mar 5, 2017 9:41 PM

So it was Ok when he investigated Hillary's email fiasco, which many assume cost her the presidency, but not now. Jeez, some of you are a wonder to behold.

stizazz's picture

Wait until Trump takes his Trumptards to WAR WITH IRAN (back door to WW3). Let's see if they'll still love him then.


Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Reverse psychology...


Maybe Comey (with Trump stood behind him) has pushed the DoJ to do this... because he knows they cannot without compromising themselves. 

Either the absence of denial or actual denial are both incriminating if the DoJ is in the wrong. 

They are all career politicians (except Trump), so expect they to behave as such. 

Secondly, NYT is the source... so it's probably fake news anyway and they are just stirring shit in the Trump camp to damage his team. 

My understanding is that Comey is a staunch Republican. 

jcaz's picture

Staunch Republican??

Comey owes his career to Bill Clinton.  His brother fed his family because of the Clinton Foundation.

If "draining the swamp" is real,  Comey is at the front of the bus......

Al Tinfoil's picture

The problem with Comey's treatment of the email fiasco was his telling Congress that Hillary should not be charged after there was more than ample evidence found to indict her - he was trying to keep the hot potato in the air so he would not get burned.

Loretta Lunch had her (supposed to be secret) tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton and was apparently told to lay off Hillary or sufficient dirt would be leaked to take down many powerful people, who would then go for Lynch's neck, so Lynch passed the hot potato to Comey.  Comey came before Congress and did the funky chicken dance around Hillary's guilt, which one could see as a way of avoiding suicide, political as well as personal.

Then, just before the election, he let it be known that the investigation of Hillary was ongoing - maybe in the meantime he arranged some defences and alliances, and made sure some files were made safe from disappearing, so he felt safer from being suicided, and he sought to push the hot potato onto Hillary. 

Now that there is another hot potato, he wants to avoid having it land in his lap.  Maybe he thinks the DoJ owes him one because he took the fall in Congress for the DoJ when he did his funky chicken number to keep Hillary from being indicted.


Rubicon727's picture

His behavior for the last several months appears bizarre. But, this is how the 1% elite function. They don't have to follow the same restricting laws and restrictions as the rest of the 80%, like us.

Other problem: "investigative journalism" has long since died and been buried.

It leaves us either in a quandary about what's going on, or it alienates us as we watch the lawless privileged manipulate people and events to end up on top one more time.


ScotlandTheBrave's picture

Don't beleive the NYT.  Fake News outlets lie all of the time.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



just that it wasn't Obama who ordered it.



Send lawyers, guns, and money........the sh!t has hit the fan.


yogibear's picture

So Comey is dirty? The deep state is very deep.

Keyser's picture

The Clintons probably have a photo dosier of Comey diddling an 8 year old boy... Fact or fiction, a good graphics artist can do wonders with Photoshop... 

Proofreder's picture

Comey diddling an 8 year old boy


Paging Mr. Banzai, paging Mr. William Banzai ...

Prepaid's picture

The deep state is a fantasy and no such thing exists. The current order or old world order which Rome set up when they were an empire is what the world operates under now. The New World order which we are being ushered into now is Jesuit controlled and run. They are the greatest militarized assassins on this earth and are all things to all men. They take no sides and have allegiance to no man and no country but their Jesuit oath only. The Jews are the scapegoat for the Jesuits hence the Jews being blamed for everything. Its a working relationship as the Jews get what they want and the Jesuits have their minions to further carry out their Order. Soro's, Rothschild, bilderberg group, Rockefeller s and the list goes on are minions at best. They are all red herrings they have the sheep focus on. Legit as they are they are only branches on the tree its not the trunk.  

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Are you a fool or a Learned Elder? 

Both probably. 

justa minute's picture

actually the founder of the jesuits loyola was a crypto jew as were many jesuits after

fleur de lis's picture

You have been watching too many Hollyweird movies.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



So Comey is dirty?


Not dirty.......just a whore.


Possibly a slut......don't know him that well.

fleur de lis's picture

They must have pix and AV on Comey.

They drum and he dances.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Bollixed Mar 5, 2017 7:05 PM

This guy says the real trouble starts March 15th. He says they are trying to neuter Trump by taking his lieutenants out.

Internet data mining expert Clif High says his latest research shows the mainstream legacy media is fearful. High predicts “1/3 of our broadcast media personalities . . . those famous faces, will either be arrested or flee the country” over sex trafficking or the cover-up of it.

High also has new data on dramatic price movements for gold, silver, Bitcoin and all sorts of chaos starting in the middle of March. High says that Trump has basically caught a wave of change and “Trump is a very good surfer.” High says don’t expect Donald Trump to be removed from office. High says, “The Trump rally, in terms of his popularity, will keep rising.”

High will also update us on revelations in Antarctica and has new information about Mars. More and more technology is going to be coming to the surface, and it will change humanity.


WillyGroper's picture

changing humanity?

you've probably heard how many times George Webb has mentioned usaid.

ever heard of "project destiny?"  how about a primary care pharmacist?

all the other names we know & love involved in the 2008 debacle & beyond are mentioned here & their medical lab rat genocide.


Luc X. Ifer's picture

All sounded nice till u mentioned Antarctica and Mars, then I knew you missed your pills again as of recent past.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Luc X. Ifer Mar 5, 2017 9:51 PM

What you don't think Mars is real?


Jim in MN's picture

Hey, like, have you ever actually SEEN Antarctica? 


Got The Wrong No's picture

If His predictions on Silver are anyway near correct I am going to be a very rich man. $600 an oz. minimum. 

Lumberjack's picture

I didn't know Obama had you on the payroll!

cornflakesdisease's picture

abuse@zerohedge  turn him in as a spammer.

Giant Meteor's picture

Meh, he just gets reincarnated. This is his/her/its 50th reicarnation, minimum ..

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) prime american Mar 5, 2017 10:40 PM

Obama Administration source "Yes we did get FISA warrant."


tmosley's picture

Comey doesn't want to make the statement himself because he doesn't want to get caught committing perjury. That's all there is to it. Might as well have admitted his guilt.

Someone has something over him. Probably visited Lolita Island to make a little underage porno or some such.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Time for that punk-bitch, faggot-assed Comey to die a long and terrible death. His purpose on earth has long since paased. Start by shaving his head and fucking him with a broomstick, followed by a pair of pliers and a blowtorch.

Wulfkind's picture

Go for it you brave, patriotic 'Mercan.

Otherwise, shut the fuck up, coward.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Not 'mercan, homeboy, but when the time comes I will be out in force. 

By the sounds of it, you're one of (((them))), and we have plans for (((you))) too.

Wulfkind's picture


LOL !!!

The time is now, pussy.

Pull your finger out of your asshole and put it on a trigger or shut the fuck up.

beemasters's picture

"Along with concerns about potential attacks on the bureau’s credibility, senior F.B.I. officials are said to be worried that the notion of a court-approved wiretap will raise the public’s expectations that the federal authorities have significant evidence implicating the Trump campaign in colluding with Russia’s efforts to disrupt the presidential election."

The concerns don't make any sense at all. Has someone made them all up...while half asleep???