House Republican says Trump should apologize to Obama

House Republican says Trump should apologize to Obama

He said allegations that British spies had helped Barack Obama eavesdrop on Mr Trump during the presidential campaign - cited by the White House press secretary - were "ridiculous".

The US has reportedly made a grovelling formal apology to the United Kingdom over claims that it used British intelligence services to spy on Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Multiple US officials, the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee, Britain's Global Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and current and former Obama associates have denied all of the Trump administration's claims that Obama directed a spy operation at Trump.

He added: "We have received assurances that these allegations won't be repeated and this shows the administration doesn't give the allegations any credence".

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".

When US whistleblower Edward Snowden - a former NSA analyst - claimed the agency had the power to turn people's mobile phones off and on and switch on the handset microphone to listen to what is happening around them, GCHQ kept quiet.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman and the ranking Democrat on the committee said Thursday that they've seen no evidence of Trump's accusation that he was wiretapped a year ago by his predecessor.

The controversy is scheduled to continue into a third week, with Comey set to testify Monday before the House Intelligence Committee.

"Mr. Spicer and Gen. McMaster explained that Mr. Spicer was simply pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story", one official said.

'That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox.

"If he didn't do it, we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did".

Mr Spicer spoke out after the US Congress rejected Mr Trump's claim that the Obama administration "tapped his wires" before the election.

Britain's eavesdropping agency tends to keep tight-lipped on intelligence matters, but made an exception for claims that it spied on Donald Trump. The White House reportedly apologized after British officials came out and disputed Spicer and Napolitano.

The same day, House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN in an interview that he also hadn't seen any evidence of a wiretap or a surveillance order against Trump Tower.

Fox replied, "Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary". "I know the leaders of both those committees, I have a lot of respect of them, they said they found no evidence and until we see something different I accept their conclusion". "You should be talking to Fox".

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