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tweets,” Comey said.

Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency di­rec­tor Ad­mi­ral 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, re­fer­ring to the in­tel­li­gence net­work group­ing the United States, Bri­tain, Aus­tralia, Canada and New Zealand.

The com­bined re­marks were per­haps the strong­est on-record re­pu­di­a­tion yet by se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials of the pres­i­dent’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­cu­sa­tion against Obama.

Asked by the com­mit­tee’s top Demo­crat, Adam Schiff, whether Obama could have uni­lat­er­ally or­dered a wire­tap of any­one, Comey re­sponded: “No pres­i­dent could.” AFP

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