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FBI says no information to support Trump wiretap charges

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FBI Director James Comey (L) speaks as National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers listens during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm

FBI Director James Comey on Monday shot down President Donald Trump’s tweeted claims that his predecessor Barack Obama had wiretapped the phones at Trump Tower ahead of the election.

“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,” Comey told a US congressional intelligence panel.

National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers also strongly rebutted the suggestion, repeated by Trump’s administration, that the NSA had asked Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency to spy on the US president.

“That would be expressly against the construct of the five eyes agreement that’s been in place for decades,” Rogers told the hearing.

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