President Trump has not spoken to the FBI about claims that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped his phones.
President Trump accused the former President of ordering a surveillance at Trump Towers in New York but didn’t offer any evidence to back up his claims.
FBI Director James Comey has rejected the allegations, with CNN even reporting that he was “incredulous.”
White House Spokesman, Sean Spicer, however, said on Tuesday that President Trump has not yet spoken to Mr. Comey about it. He reasoned that if Mr. Trump talked to Mr. Comey about the allegations, it could be viewed as an interference with an investigation. He described it as a “no-win situation.”
He said that the “smartest way” to address the allegations was for Congress to extend its current investigations to include this issue.
As reported earlier, Mr. Comey has asked the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to refute President Trump’s claims.
It is believed that he asked DOJ to deny the claims because the allegations imply that FBI broke the law. The DOJ has not commented yet.
When pushed to address the wiretapping claims at the daily news conference, Mr. Spicer said that the President has “absolutely” no regrets about his explosive claims.
“The House and Senate intelligence committee have the staff and the capabilities and the processes in place to look at this in a way that’s objective, and that’s where it should be done.”
He said that media should let the Senate and House Intelligence committees do their jobs and then they would report back to the American people.
John McCain, Republican Senator from Arizona, on Monday also called for President Trump to release any evidence to support his claims. He said that President Trump should come forward with the information since “American people deserve it.”
James Clapper, the head of the national intelligence during the election, has denied President Trump’s claims saying there was no wiretap activity mounted against Mr. Trump or his campaign.
The allegations are the latest twist in the controversy whether President Trump’s campaign was in contact with Russia during the election.
The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are looking into the possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election; the inquiries were launched in January.
The White House has now asked both Congressional committees to also look into whether Mr. Obama abused his powers.
The Democrats have accused President Trump of diverting attention from his staff’s ties to Russia by using the latest claims. The Obama team has denied the claims, saying the tweets are “simply false.”
A U.S. President cannot legally order the wiretapping of a U.S. citizen. If the warrant had existed, it would have been most probably ordered by the Department of Justice.