And while the House Intelligence Committee appears to be willing to begin such an investigation, they may not have help from the Justice Department.
FBI Director James Comey was accused more than once during the campaign of intentionally steering the public away from Hillary Clinton despite the fact that his investigations into her scandals never resulted in serious findings.
Clinton campaign chair John Podesta was still pointing fingers at “forces within the FBI” a few weeks in to President Trump’s term.
But after what Comey said regarding the president’s request for an investigation into alleged wiretaps at Trump Tower, many may conclude that he’s not exactly working in President Trump’s favor either.
The New York Times reported:
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.
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.
The conflict raises a number of issues, not the least of which being it puts the president at odds with his own top law enforcement agency.
If the president is right, the FBI will necessarily come under intense scrutiny — the question would be raised as to whether or not the wire taps were legal.
Additionally, the public expectation for the disclosure of any information that may have been obtained — especially if it sheds light on ties to Russia from within the fledgling Trump administration — will be heightened dramatically.
But whether or not President Trump’s claims have merit, Comey’s push to shut down the investigation before it starts is unprecedented: no FBI director has ever delivered such a direct rebuke to a sitting president.