White House Apologizes For Accusing British Intelligence Agency Of Helping Barack Obama Spy On Trump!

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UPDATE 12:14 P.M. EST: The White House suggested Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor General McMaster did not offer an apology to British officials over the accusations. A White House official said Friday:

“[British Ambassador to the U.S.] Kim Darroch and [National Security Advisor] Sir Mark Lyall expressed their concerns to Sean Spicer and General McMaster. Mr. Spicer and General McMaster explained that Mr. Spicer was simply pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story.”


Even the White House admits their latest conspiracy theories are rubbish.

The U.S. issued a formal apology to Britain after Sean Spicer accused the Government Communications Headquarters, a British intelligence agency, of helping Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump.

Trump’s press secretary repeated the claim on Thursday — originally made by Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano — that Obama enlisted in the GCHQ to spy on Trump Tower during the election.

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The baseless theory, which sounds like Steve Bannon‘s rejected movie pitch for Kingsman 2, prompted a heated response from the agency. The GCHQ blasted the claims as “utterly ridiculous” in a rare public statement, writing:

“Recent allegations made by media commentator Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”

Ugh. How embarrassing.

Just like a dishonest child getting caught in a lie, Spicer immediately apologized over his claims — as well as General McMaster, the U.S. National Security Adviser.

Intelligence sources told The Telegraph:

“The apology came direct from them.”

McMaster reportedly reached out to the Prime Minister’s National Security adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant to apologize for Spicer’s allegations. Spicey issued an apology himself through Britain’s U.S. ambassador Sir Kim Darroch.

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During Thursday evening’s press conference, Trump’s living Twitter feed repeated claims that the agency provided Obama with intelligence on Trump. He said:

“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command – 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 – he used GCHQ.”

The press conference was held shortly after the senate intelligence committee issued a statement saying they had no evidence to support Trump’s claim that his predecessor ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower.

And officials are just as baffled over the latest ridiculous twist in these claims coming from Trump’s carnival show of an administration. Obama’s former National Security Adviser Susan Rice tweeted:

Now, Drumpf is under pressure to justify these claims, which his opponents are saying calls the sliver of integrity left in his administration into question.

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Yeah, we think that ship sank long ago…

Read former judge Andrew Napolitano’s full statement made on Fox News on Tuesday, which government officials are calling “totally untrue and quite frankly absurd,” (below):

“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. 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.

He used GCHQ. What is that? It’s the initials for the British intelligence-finding agency. So, simply by having two people saying to them president needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump’s conversations, involving president-elect Trump, he’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on this. Putting the published accounts and common-sense together, this leads to a lot.”

What do you think of these crazy claims?

[Image via C-SPAN/20th Century Fox.]

Mar 17, 2017 10:38am PDT

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