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FBI Director: No Evidence That Supports Trump’s Claim Obama Wiretapped Him

James Comey said he has no evidence to support Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama ordered a wiretap against Trump Tower before the presidential election.

The FBI director said he has no information that would back up the president’s tweets as he testified alongside National Security Agency head Michael Rogers before the House Intelligence Committee Monday.

“With respect to the president’s tweets, I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said. “The Department [of Justice] has no information that supports those tweets either.”

Rep. Adam Schiff asked Comey if he thought the former president was involved, or if Obama could “unilaterally” authorize a wiretap against a U.S. citizen.

“All I can tell you is we have no information that supports them,” Comey said. “No individual can direct the surveillance of anyone. It has to go through a judge.”

National Security Agency head Michael Rogers added that the idea that the U.S. asked British surveillance to spy on Trump Tower was “utterly ridiculous.”