Trump repeats charge that Obama ordered wiretaps against him

Cheryl Sanders
March 19, 2017

As two U.S. government officials told CNN that a classified Justice Department report to Congress fails to confirm President Donald Trump's claim of wiretapping by former President Barack Obama, a Republican congressman had one suggestion for Trump: Apologize. "I don't think we regret anything", he told reporters. "We literally listed a litany of media reports that are in the public domain", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters soon after a joint news conference of US President Trump and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Leaders of both the House and Senate intelligence committees, including from Trump's Republican Party, have said they have found no evidence to substantiate Trump's claims that Obama ordered US agencies to spy on Trump or his entourage.

GCHQ also took the unusual step of publicly denying the claims, saying the "utterly ridiculous" claims "should be ignored".

"Trump is compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment", he said, adding: "This harms our and US security". A government source reportedly said the claim was "totally untrue and quite frankly absurd".

The British government said the White House has promised it won't repeat the allegation.

James Slack, spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said, "We've made clear to the (Trump) administration that these claims are ridiculous and they should be ignored and we've received assurances they won't be repeated".

Other White House officials, who also requested anonymity, said Spicer had offered no regret to the ambassador.

Fox News said it could not confirm the allegations. On the morning show "Fox & Friends", the network's anchor Shephard Smith said: "Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary". "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 - full stop".

"[British] Ambassador Kim Darroch and Sir Mark Lyall expressed their concerns to Sean Spicer and General McMaster". Will Hurd whether Trump owed Obama an apology for the unproven allegation.

Napolitano said on air that Obama had used Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, the signals agency known as the GCHQ, to spy on Trump.

"Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, 'Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command (to spy on Trump)".

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