Trump should apologize to Obama for wiretapping allegations: former Central Intelligence Agency chief

Alyssa Mastromonaco on CBS.   CBS

Alyssa Mastromonaco on CBS. CBS

The White House and Trump allies have sought to focus attention away from the controversies by calling for investigations of leaks to the news media.

"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.

The new head of GCHQ certainly has the right surname to write a new chapter in British-US intelligence relations which are now under strain.

Mr Hurd's and Mr Cotton's remarks follow the Department of Justice announcing it had complied with a White House Intelligence Committee request to turn over any relevant material related to the claims from Mr Trump earlier this month that he was put under surveillance without his knowledge before the election.

Panetta later told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" that he agrees with President Donald Trump that the nation's defense system needs strengthened, but the budget system that led to weakness is the fault of both parties. The British government strongly denied it.

Meanwhile, the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency were due to speak publicly today about the claims of alleged links between Russian Federation and president Trump's campaign.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, for example, said last week she didn't have facts to prove the allegations but that the House Intelligence Committee was investigating the charge.

But Trump's recent press conference revealed that he's not backing down from his accusations, and the former UK ambassador to the United States believes that there's a reason for that. "Move on. He's got too many other issues to deal with". "It's really important that we investigate just exactly what they did, whether there was any collusion involved", Panetta said during the interview at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.

The New York Times described the allegations as having provoked as a "rare public dispute with America's closest ally".

"With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI", FBI Director James Comey said during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

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