Was Trump Wiretapped? Panetta Wants President To Apologize To Obama

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 21, 2017

"I think the time has come for the President to accept the responsibility that he made a mistake here, that there is no truth to this allegation".

Collins said she supported Trump as president, but she wouldn't side with him if he "misstated what the facts are".

The wiretapping allegation is part of a broader U.S. investigation by the FBI and lawmakers into the conclusion by the country's intelligence community that Russian Federation meddled in the election in an effort to help Trump defeat his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer last week repeated claims made by a Fox News analyst who accused Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency of aiding Obama in wiretapping Trump Tower.

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Westmacott said that the Russians have always been using information warfare against the United Kingdom and the U.S. It has always been a practice of the Russian intelligence community to spread lies about politicians from the United Kingdom and the U.S., so he believes that what's happening with Donald Trump right now is a page out of the Russian playbook.

But the Trump administration has rebuffed any contention that its campaign aides colluded with Russian officials in that cyberattack.

"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television", Trump said of the claim that Obama had enlisted the British to eavesdrop on him. "Were there any other names that were. leaked out?" On Fox, he said he did not believe it occurred.

The British government had already asked the White House to retract their accusations, saying that these baseless claims are severely undermining the United States and UK's relationship.

America's relationship with another European ally, Germany, was also put under the microscope as Trump and Merkel failed to shake hands following a joint press conference.

Trump said he and Merkel had "something in common", apparently referring to reports during the Obama administration that Merkel's phone was bugged.

An allegation had also been made in a report on Russian TV channel RT that GCHQ passed intelligence on Mr Trump's campaign to USA intelligence bosses.

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