GOP Congressman: Trump Should Apologize To Obama Over Wiretapping Claims

Elias Hubbard
March 19, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump says he will produce evidence "very soon" that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower headquarters in NY in the weeks before last November's election. Both Sir Kim and Sir Mark had backed GCHQ's statement, which described the allegations as "utterly ridiculous".

The White House released a statement shortly after Trump leveled the accusations "requesting that. the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016".

"I see no indication that that's true", Cole said of Trump's claims, speaking to a group of reporters on Friday.

When asked if the DOJ's documents would confirm Trump's as of yet wholly unsubstantiated allegations, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told CNN, "I don't think so" as he walked into a room to read the report.

In the two weeks since the tweets, the White House has tried to soften the statement, but not disavowed it.

"The president's already been very clear that he didn't mean specifically wiretapping", he said.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Thursday quoted Napolitano's comments about GCHQ when he spoke to the media.

The GCHQ was quick to call the assertion by Spicer "ridiculous". Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now President Of The United States was surveilled at any time in any way. I read in, I think it was January 20th, a New York Times article where they were talking about wiretapping.

In fact, Mr Spicer specifically repeated claims made on Fox News by former judge Andrew Napolitano, who said that he had spoken to three sources had told him that GCHQ spied on Mr Trump. Obama, he claimed, "went outside the chain of command" so there were "no American fingerprints on this".

The electronic eavesdropping agency does not normally comment on intelligence matters, though it has stepped up its public relations in recent months, including for recruitment drives and warnings on cyber-security. The department is slated to provide a response to the committee by Monday.

The Republican president offered no evidence for the allegation, which an Obama spokesman said was "simply false".

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But the issue is unlikely to pass as quickly as some Republicans hope.

"A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice".

One key US senator, Lindsey Graham of SC, said, "I'm going to get to the bottom of this".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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