BREAKING: JUSTICE DEPT. REFUSES TO BACK TRUMP’S CLAIM THAT HE’S NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION

With questions still swirling over President Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that he was wiretapped on orders of President Barack Obama...

...the Justice Department on Thursday declined to confirm statements a day earlier from the White House that Mr. Trump was not the target of a counterintelligence investigation.

Officials also said the White House had not relied on any information from the Justice Department in offering a statement denying the existence of an investigation.

The White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, told reporters on Wednesday that “there is no reason to believe there is any type of investigation with respect to the Department of Justice” or “ that the president is the target of any investigation whatsoever.”

But a Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said that there was no indication that anyone at the Justice Department had given the White House that assurance.

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