NSA Director on British Wiretap Claim: ‘I Think it Clearly Frustrates a Key Ally of Ours’
During questioning at today’s House Intelligence hearing, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers was asked about the baseless claim repeated by the White House that British spy agency GCHQ was utilized by former President Barack Obama to wiretap President Donald Trump and associates prior to the election.
Asked by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) if he or his counterparts ever requested the British to wiretap on behalf of Obama, Rogers said he hadn’t and that would be against an agreement that has been in place for decades. He also noted that nobody else within the Obama Administration had made such a request.
Following Rogers pointing out that it would be a violation of US law to do so and that American intelligence has a close relationship with Britain, Rogers was then asked if he believed that this claim does damage to the relationship.
“I think it clearly frustrates a key ally of ours,” the NSA chief stated. He further added that he believes the relationship is strong enough to deal with things like this.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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