DOJ Confirms Trump Lied in “Wiretap” Tweets

The Department of Justice confirmed in a court filing on Friday evening that neither the DOJ nor the FBI have any records supporting President Trump’s tweeted assertion that Trump Tower was “wiretapped.”

In a Motion for Summary Judgment in American Oversight’s FOIA lawsuit, lawyers for the government stated that neither the National Security Division (NSD) nor the FBI have any records of the wiretaps President Trump in his March 4, 2017 tweets.

Declaration from G. Bradley Weinsheimer, National Security Division, Department of Justice



Declaration from David M. Hardy, FBI




Statement from American Oversight Executive Director, Austin Evers:

“The FBI and Department of Justice have now sided with former Director Comey and confirmed in writing that President Trump lied when he tweeted that former President Obama ‘wiretapped’ him at Trump Tower. As the president and his legal team continue their smear campaign against Mr. Comey, Special Counsel Mueller and others investigating him, this filing confirms that even Trump’s own Department of Justice does not believe he has credibility on a key element of the Russia investigation. With Special Counsel Mueller’s team closing in – and reportedly investigating attempts by Mr. Trump to mislead the public on Russia – this filing serves as further proof that the president’s words simply cannot be trusted.”

In the March 4 tweets, President Trump asserted that former President Obama had placed wiretaps on Mr. Trump and entities or associates in Trump Tower for improper purposes during the course of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Related Blog Posts

August 16, 2019

News Roundup: The Hatch Act and Freedom of Speech

Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Special Counsel
News
August 13, 2019

AFGE Union Sues to Protect the Speech Rights of Federal Employees

Office of Special Counsel
News
August 1, 2019

New Lawsuit in Investigation of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s Use of Military Transport

Department of the Treasury
Investigation Update
July 26, 2019

News Roundup: Mueller Speaks

Bureau of Industry and Security, Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Army, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Communications Commission, Food and Drug Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Institutes of Health, Office of Management and Budget, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
News
July 17, 2019

American Oversight Sues for Betsy DeVos’ Emails Sent with Personal Account

Department of Education
Investigation Update
June 7, 2019

News Roundup: Investigating Outside Influence and Political Appointments at the State Department

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration
News
May 3, 2019

News Roundup: Above the Law

Congress, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
News
April 29, 2019

The Dangers of Constitutional Hardball

Congress, Department of Justice, White House
News
April 18, 2019

A Guide to Barr’s Redactions to the Mueller Report

Department of Justice
News
April 16, 2019

We Want to Know How the Justice Department Found the Clinton Investigation Directive — Months After It Said It Didn’t Exist

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
April 11, 2019

William Barr’s Claims of Spying on the Trump Campaign Run Up Against Lack of Evidence

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
March 29, 2019

News Roundup: The Mueller Investigation Is Over, But the Swamp Is Thriving

News
March 25, 2019

The Corruption Continues: Mueller Has Finished His Work. American Oversight Has Not.

News
March 12, 2019

Investigating the Trump Administration’s Efforts to Sell Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, International Trade Administration, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
News
March 9, 2019

Sessions Letter Shows DOJ Acted on Trump’s Authoritarian Demand to Investigate Clinton

Department of Justice
News
March 4, 2019

FBI Headquarters Investigation: Agencies Refusing to Search for Records of Trump Interference to Protect Hotel

Investigation Update
February 28, 2019

At Least Fourteen Federal Agencies Have Created No Guidance for Spending Taxpayer Money at Trump Properties

Investigation Update
January 28, 2019

Court Orders Trump Administration to Turn Over More Voter-Fraud Commission Records

White House
Investigation Update
January 18, 2019

News Roundup: Two Troubling Inspector General Reports

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration
News
January 9, 2019

Investigating the Acting Defense Secretary’s Ties to Boeing

Department of Defense
News
January 3, 2019

Government Site Attached to Trump Hotel Stays Open Despite Shutdown and We Want to Know Why

News
December 31, 2018

New Emails Show Senior HUD Official Cited Trump Family in Personnel Dispute

Department of Housing and Urban Development
News
December 27, 2018

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

News
December 20, 2018

How FEMA Learned from Ben Carson’s $31,000 Dining Set Purchase

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Investigation Update
December 12, 2018

Audit the Wall: No Plans, Funding or Timeline — And No Wall

Customs and Border Protection, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State
Investigation Update
December 10, 2018

Wait, There’s More: News of Another Administration Official Using Personal Email

Environmental Protection Agency
News
October 23, 2018

New Lawsuit Seeks Details of White House, Trump Organization Involvement in FBI Headquarters Decision

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
September 19, 2018

Investigation Update: Loyalty Tests and Retaliation

Investigation Update
March 14, 2018

New Lawsuit: How Much are Cabinet Officials Spending on Office Upgrades

Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
March 14, 2018

New Emails Show Secretary Carson Knew About $31,000 Table

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Investigation Update
February 23, 2018

FCC Commissioner Calls for Trump’s Reelection, Violates Hatch Act

Federal Communications Commission
News
February 23, 2018

Investigation Update: Swamp Airlines – Private Jets at Taxpayer Expense

Investigation Update
February 16, 2018

Ethics Watchdog Calls for Investigation of Pruitt’s Expensive Travel Habits

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
February 12, 2018

American Oversight Sues DOJ Over Decision to Reopen Uranium One Investigation

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
February 9, 2018

New Lawsuit Seeks DHS Border Wall Emails with White House, Fox News, Border States

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Investigation Update
February 6, 2018

Voter Fraud Commission Asked Texas to Highlight Hispanic Surnames in Voter Data

White House
Investigation Update
January 26, 2018

Lawsuit Seeks Evidence of Political Influence in DOJ Investigations

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
December 17, 2017

Trump Transition GSA Emails and Memorandum of Understanding

General Services Administration
Investigation Update
December 7, 2017

FBI Records Call Into Question Sessions’ Claims About Security Clearance Instructions

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
November 16, 2017

American Oversight Statement Regarding DOI Report on Zinke Travel

Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
November 16, 2017

Maine Secretary of State Dunlap Election Commission Lawsuit

Investigation Update
October 31, 2017

American Oversight Sues State Department for Records Showing Efforts to Compel Mexico to Pay for Border Wall

Department of State
News
October 17, 2017

5 Questions for Attorney General Sessions

Department of Justice
October 11, 2017

American Oversight Investigates Trump Administration Attacks on Free Press

Federal Communications Commission
News
September 25, 2017

Emails Show Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email Account at White House

Department of Labor, Small Business Administration
Investigation Update
September 21, 2017

Did our government spend big bucks to install Big Buck Hunter? We’re going to find out.

Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
September 20, 2017

American Oversight Launches Investigation into Secretary Price’s Use of Private Jets for Official Travel

Department of Health and Human Services
Investigation Update
September 18, 2017

Austin Evers Discusses Trump Inaugural Funds on MSNBC

News
September 12, 2017

New Lawsuit: Did the FBI Really Advise Sessions to Omit Russian Contacts?

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
September 7, 2017

Investigating EPA’s Attacks on a Journalist

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
August 1, 2017

American Oversight Obtains Attorney General Sessions SF-86 Signature Page

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
August 1, 2017

Statement on Waiver of Environmental Regulations for Border Wall

Investigation Update
July 28, 2017

Watchdog Group Calls for Hatch Act Investigation of Gorka

White House
July 27, 2017

Call for OSC Investigation of Pruitt Travel to Oklahoma

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
July 21, 2017

American Oversight Calls for Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
News
July 13, 2017

DOJ Releases Redacted Page of Sessions’s SF-86 to American Oversight

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
July 12, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Pence-Kobach Commission Records

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, General Services Administration
News
July 11, 2017

Investigation of Trump Administration Actions and the AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Department of Justice
News
June 16, 2017

Watchdog Group Files Lawsuit on Trump Border Wall

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
May 24, 2017

After American Oversight Lawsuit, DOJ Confirms that Sessions Lied about Russian Contacts

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
May 16, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Comey-Trump Memos

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
May 12, 2017

Letter to Burr and Warner: Senate Should Request Trump-Comey Tapes

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
May 10, 2017

Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
May 10, 2017

Ethics Watchdog Calls for IG Investigation of Sessions for Violating Recusal

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
April 19, 2017

American Oversight Sues DOJ for Release of Trump Tower Wiretap Records, Russia Investigation Documents

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, White House
Investigation Update
April 7, 2017

Updated: American Oversight Investigates DHS Attempt to Stifle Online Criticism

Department of Homeland Security
News
March 28, 2017

Statement on Trump Administration Proposal to Build Border Wall South of Rio Grande

Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
March 24, 2017

American Oversight Launches Investigation of President Trump’s Border Wall

Department of Homeland Security
Investigation Update
March 22, 2017

Statement on Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes’ Actions

Investigation Update
March 17, 2017

American Oversight Calls on Congress to Investigate Trump Aide’s Reported Ties to Nazi Group

Office of Government Ethics, White House
News