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White House won't repeat spy claims aimed at Brits, say United Kingdom officials

White House won't repeat spy claims aimed at Brits, say United Kingdom officials

The White House has raised the claim Barack Obama used Britain's spy agency to wiretap Donald Trump, despite a blanket denial by United Kingdom officials and Obama.

GCHQ said the allegations were "nonsense, utterly ridiculous and should be ignored".

Spicer quoted Napolitano's report, "three intelligence sources informed Fox News President Obama went outside the chain of command, he didn't use the NSA, CIA, FBI and he didn't use the department of justice".

The newly released documents show that Flynn also was paid $11,250 that year by the USA subsidiary of a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, and another $11,250 by the Russian charter cargo airline Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

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According to CNN, the U.S. National security adviser H.R. McMaster, spoke with his British counterpart on Thursday and issued a formal apology over Spicer's allegation.

Darroch and other British officials complained directly to White House officials after the episode, Prime Minister Theresa May's office said it had been assured the White House would not repeat the allegations.

"The fact is, within the Five Eyes pact, we can not use each other's capabilities to circumvent our laws", May's spokesman said. "It's a situation that simply wouldn't arise". The article says nothing about Trump Tower being surveilled, let alone about Obama wiretapping Donald Trump, himself.

Those comments appear to contradict a series of tweets by the US President earlier this month, in which he labelled former president Barack Obama a "bad (or sick) guy" and said a "good lawyer could make a great case" out of the claims.

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Despite this, during Thursday's press briefing Sean Spicer insisted that Trump "stands by" his statements that he was under surveillance.

"Trump is compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment", Farron said.

The White House has asked the House and Senate intelligence committees to investigate the matter as part of their inquiries into Russia's hacking of the presidential election and possible contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials.

The statement by the Senate Intelligence Committee came a day after the House Intelligence Committee issued a similar statement that it hadn't seen evidence to support Trump's Twitter allegation. The giveaway was the dossier of "news" stories that Spicer cited as "evidence" that Trump's claim wasn't totally off base. "I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks".

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"Top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, also agreed saying that there was no sign of a wiretap".


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