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British spy agency rebuffs Trump wiretap allegations

Mar 17, 2017, 7:54 AM EDT
The White House press secretary cited Fox News sources.
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Departing from its usually reserved style of functioning, Britain's communications intelligence agency G.C.H.Q. on Friday rebuffed the “utterly ridiculous” allegations that it wiretapped U.S. President Donald Trump after he won the election.

The statement comes in response to comments by Fox News judicial analyst and former judge Andrew Napolitano, who claimed during an interview that Barack Obama roped in the British spy agency to snoop on Trump, an accusation that was later repeated by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, writes The Guardian.

Trump, who blasted Obama in a serious of social media outbursts over wiretap claims in early March, seems to be on a weak footing over the issue as the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate intelligence committee concluded on Thursday that the president’s allegations lack evidence, writes the BBC.