President Trump recently accused former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. Though a spokesman for Obama denied the unverified claim, the Trump administration called for an investigation into the matter.
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During a “FOX & Friends” segment, conservative commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano suggested that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the British intelligence agency, would have played a part in helping Obama gather the content of Trump’s conversations.
Shortly after this interview, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeated Napolitano’s idea to the media on Thursday.
Reuters reports that Spicer and others had apologized to GCHQ for the assertion by Friday.
A spokesman for GCHQ said:
“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then President Elect are nonsense.”
Spicer expressed on Thursday that Trump would stand by his initial accusation.
The House Intelligence Committee requested that proof of wiretapping be submitted by a Monday hearing — the Justice Department has since asked for more time to gather evidence. If the administration did not present evidence by Monday, then the committee would resort to a subpoena.
“If the committee does not receive a response by then, the committee will ask for this information during the March 20 hearing and may resort to a compulsory process if our questions continue to go unanswered,” a spokesman threatened.