The New York Times is reporting that FBI director Comey wants the Justice Department to deny Trump's claims:
"The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement."I found the next sentence interesting for what it tells us about Comey (assuming, of course, this is accurate at all):
"Mr. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said." (emphasis added)Back in October when he told the world about reopening the Clinton email investigation, he wrote to FBI employees:
"Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed." (emphasis added)Comey seems to have a strong need to protect his own reputation, which may skew his judgment.
Back to the phone tapping allegations, the Washington Post fact-checker searches down references to FISA court requests and gives Trump four Pinocchios.
Sounds to me like the heats on over Russia and Trump's using his usual tactic of a diversionary attack to get people's attention off Trump. I guess his mother didn't read him the story about the boy who cried wolf.