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

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A diplomatic incident was sparked last week when the White House referenced a claim on Fox News that then President Obama could have used GCHQ for an operation against Mr Trump. The British government strongly denied it.

The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, asked Rogers if he thought it was "utterly ridiculous" that anyone in the US would ask British spies to do surveillance on a presidential candidate.

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.

Panetta argued that the accusations affect the presidency's credibility.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer issued the statement after FBI Director James Comey told a House panel that there was no information that supports Trump's allegation.

Asked directly if Obama was angered by Trump's claims, Mastromonaco said "I don't know how angry he is".

He added that Trump "should admit he was wrong, stop the outlandish tweets".

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President Donald Trump has to "get away from tweeting" and concentrate on the job of being president, former Central Intelligence Agency director and Defense Secretary in the Obama administration Leon Panetta cautioned Thursday.

The FBI chief said no individual can order surveillance of an American, and that only courts can grant this permission after a rigorous application process. The Justice Department oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies.

America's National Security Agency (NSA) did not ask Britain's GCHQ to spy on Donald Trump when he was running for president, the organisation's director, Admiral Mike Rogers, has insisted. They've done that and determined that there's no evidence.

The House intelligence committee is holding a hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Panetta said the Russian Federation election hacking allegations are a "big deal" worth looking into.

Trump and the White House have not backed away from the claims, despite intelligence community officials saying Monday there was no evidence such a wiretap existed.

Mr Rogers said that his agency is working to provide congress with the material it needs to investigate the intelligence agencies' findings.