White House apologises to Britain over spying claims made by Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 15:28
Spicer repeated the allegations on Thursday, quoting from that Fox News report.
Merkel did not respond to Trump's attempt at a joke. The crowds at Trump's inauguration were the biggest ever, "period", Spicer declared in one of his first briefings from the White House.
As aides jumped to defend their boss, they often seemed to invent evidence as they went. "I'm told that we have one copy somewhere in the Capitol, which to wait until the end of Friday on it was a pretty poor response". When FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill today, he must be clear and direct about whether there was a tap. On the morning show "Fox & Friends", the network's anchor Shephard Smith said: "Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary". Furthermore, no president can legally order such a wiretap.
Republican Rep. Tom Cole has not seen any evidence that suggests former President Barack Obama wiretapped the Republican nominee during the 2016 presidential election. "If he didn't do it, we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did". The Trump administration then allegedly picked up the information and launched those attacks on Obama and spy agency GCHQ. He has been asked to clarify whether the FBI is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election and alleged links between the Trump team and Russian officials.
Both House and Senate committees had requested any information related to Trump's claims.
The claim is prompting growing bipartisan agreement that there is no evidence to back up the claim and mounting pressure to retract the statement.
Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said in a statement late Friday that said his panel is "satisfied" that the Justice Department "has fully complied" with its request related to the "possible surveillance" of Trump and his associates.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Friday flatly denied that the USA apologized to the British government after he repeated an uncorroborated report that its intelligence agency had wiretapped President Trump with the blessing of then-President Barack Obama.
Ben Rhodes, Obama's formerdeputy national security adviser, also denied Trump's claims.
The Guardian reports that the GCHQ called the wiretapping allegations "utterly ridiculous". "The president's statements before, and his tweets since leading right up today, have no basis in fact", Schiff told CNN. ". These are, frankly, fairly dark days in the transatlantic relationship".