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FBI asks Justice Department to refute Trump’s wiretapping claim: official

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has asked the Justice Department on Sunday to refute President Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims, a U.S. official said.

A U.S. official told The Associated Press the FBI has asked the Justice Department to dispute allegations made on Twitter by President Donald Trump that Barack Obama as president ordered the tapping of Trump’s phones during the presidential campaign

The official isn’t authorized to discuss the situation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores has declined to comment on the matter, and an FBI spokesman also isn’t commenting.

The New York Times reported that FBI Director James Comey has argued that the claim is false and has to be corrected.

The Justice Department has not issued any statement in an effort to refute Trump’s assertion.