A spokesperson for the British government is speaking out several hours after Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano claimed that “three intelligence sources” informed him that former President Barack Obama employed the British intel service to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
“No part of this story is true,” the spokesperson told TheBlaze Tuesday afternoon.
This came after Napolitano went on Fox News’ morning show, “Fox and Friends,” claiming Obama used GCHQ, a British intel agency, to spy on Trump in order to avoid any record of the alleged wiretapping.
“He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice,” Napolitano claimed. “He used GCHQ.”
Napolitano also told Fox host Brian Kilmeade that the individual who allegedly ordered the supposed wiretapping “resigned three days after Donald Trump was inaugurated.”
However, the U.K. spokesperson repeatedly told TheBlaze that there is no truth whatsoever to Napolitano’s report. And, it should be noted, the Fox analyst offered no evidence to back up his claim when he presented it Tuesday morning.
According to Reuters, the Department of Justice asked lawmakers on Monday for more time to gather evidence on Trump’s claim earlier this month that Obama wiretapped him during the election.
A spokesperson for the DOJ said the agency needs more time “to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities and to determine what if any responsive documents may exist.”
The House Intelligence Committee will begin hearings March 20 on Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election. They are also expected to discuss Trump’s “wiretapping” allegations.
All of this arose out of a bombshell claim from the president, who in early March alleged in a series of tweets that he believed his predecessor “wiretapped” his phones in October, just weeks before Election Day.
Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1488628140.0
I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1488628374.0
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1488628968.0
White House press secretary Sean Spicer seemed to walk back those claims during a press briefing Monday, telling reporters that Trump doesn’t believe Obama “tapped his phone personally.” Instead, Spicer said, the president was “referring to surveillance overall.”
“The president used the word ‘wiretap’ in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities,” he said.