The Hill: Pelosi to Trump: Apologize for wiretap ‘fabrications’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says President Trump must apologize for claiming former President Barack Obama wiretapped him last year.
FBI Director James Comey said Monday the Department of Justice (DOJ) has “no information” supporting Trump’s unverified claim from earlier this month.
“Director Comey’s testimony put the last nail into President Trump’s mendacious wiretapping claims,” Pelosi said in a statement Monday, according to MSNBC.
“President Trump owes President Obama and the American people an apology for his disgraceful and incendiary fabrications.”
Pelosi added Trump’s wiretapping claims are a diversion from possible collusion between Russia and his 2016 presidential campaign.
“President Trump has been desperate to distract attention from the FBI investigation into the Kremlin’s grip on his administration,” she said.
“The possibility of Trump officials conspiring with a foreign adversary to influence a U.S. election represents a grave threat to our national security and our democracy, and the American people deserve answers,” Pelosi added.
“The Deflector-in-Chief’s desperation demands answers to our original question: what is Russia’s political, personal and financial grip on the Trump Administration?”
Comey earlier Monday refused to “characterize” Trump’s tweets from earlier this month accusing Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in New York City last year.
The FBI director also confirmed the bureau is probing Russian attempts to meddle in the 2016 race, including ties between Moscow and Trump campaign officials.
“As you know our practice is not to confirm the existence of an ongoing investigation,” he said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.
“But in unusual circumstances where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so,” Comey added, noting the DOJ had authorized him to break bureau policy and publicly disclose the probe.
“This is one of those circumstances. I can promise you we will follow the facts wherever they lead.”
The chairman and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee have previously said no evidence exists for Trump’s wiretapping claims.
Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) received DOJ documents last Friday they say did not support Trump’s allegations.