Timeline: From TVs to microwaves, White House tries to explain wiretapping charge

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March 17 (ANI): The British intelligence and security agency GCHQ has denied allegation that it helped former USA president Barack Obama "wiretap" Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.

But he did say that the White House had given assurances - to the British ambassador in Washington and the prime minister's national security adviser - that the allegations that GCHQ had spied on Trump won't be repeated.

Angrily defending the president's statement, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Trump "stands by" the four tweets that sparked a firestorm that has threatened Trump's credibility with lawmakers.

Late on Thursday, a spokesman for GCHQ said: "Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct "wiretapping" against the then-president elect are nonsense".

Britain's communications intelligence agency GCHQ has issued a statement denying it wiretapped Donald Trump during the U.S. presidential campaign.

Detailing a long list of reports about the wiretap claims, Mr Spicer quoted Mr Napolitano as saying: "Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command - he didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the Federal Bureau of Investigation and he didn't use the Department of Justice - he used GCHQ".

The GCHQ was quick to respond to the allegations and issued a rare public statement describing the claims as "utterly ridiculous".

The Russian government has rejected an accusation by U.S. intelligence agencies that it worked to influence the election in Trump's favor by hacking computer systems, among other methods.

Speaking on Premier's News Hour, Simon Barrett said: "He's having domestic problems at the moment in trying to enforce his travel ban, so he's wanting to come out and say "I'm under fire, I'm under attack, this is the Establishment working against me, I can't put my policies in place".

"At least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump said during a joint news conference with Merkel.

While both Spicer and McMaster may have apologized to the British government, an apology to Obama may take longer.

On Monday, FBI Director James Comey is to testify before lawmakers on that and other issues relating to what United States intelligence says was Russian interference in the election.

Until the Fox interview, Trump dodged reporters' questions about the allegation.

Despite being one of Trump's most outspoken supporters and regularly mocking liberals as "snowflakes", Lahren told Hannity she isn't really sure of her stance on conservatism.

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