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“He didn’t use the National Security Agency (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”, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had quoted Napolitano as saying.

The UK Government claimed it had received assurances the claim would not be repeated, after the White House press secretary spent his Thursday press briefing repeating a claim, originally made on Fox News, that Obama had used GCHQ to carry out surveillance on Trump Tower before the election.

It was issued by the property billionaire’s press secretary Sean Spicer during a freakish news conference on Thursday night. “I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks”.

HIs second tweet, 14 minutes later said: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election?”

United States ties with Germany were frayed by news reports in 2013 citing leaked intelligence documents that Washington had bugged Merkel’s mobile phone. Senior officials from GCHQ are also expected to make representations to its American counterpart, the NSA, about their concern over such allegations being made, British media reported.

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that it has “complied” with a request for information related to unsubstantiated accusations made by President Trump that he was “wiretapped” during the 2016 presidential election.

Leaders of both major parties in Congress have joined a growing chorus disputing it.

GCHQ’s denial came after the leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday flatly refuted Trump’s claims that his NY offices were wiretapped by the Obama administration before November’s election.

He did not offer any evidence but said.

Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary.

In a rare public statement, the GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency which monitors overseas electronic communications, said the claims should be ignored.

A British government source had also said that the claims made were “totally untrue and quite frankly absurd”.

GCHQ, based in western England, is one of three main British spy agencies alongside the MI6 Secret Intelligence Service and the MI5 Security Service.

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