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GOP congressman says Trump should apologize to Obama

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    The Capitol as seen at dawn today, in Washington.

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    Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. listened on Capitol Hill, in Jan. 2015, in Washington. Cole said President Donald Trump should apologize to Barack Obama for his unproven claim that his Democratic predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper.

LONDON >> The Latest on President Donald Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

A House Republican says President Donald Trump should apologize to Barack Obama for his unproven claim that his Democratic predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper.

Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole says he’s seen nothing to back up Trump’s unproven claim, and added: “I think the president, President Obama, is owed an apology in that regard, because if he didn’t do it we shouldn’t be reckless in accusations that he did.”

Republican Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said there is no evidence or proof of Trump’s claim and “he should simply retract it and move on.”

On Thursday, leaders of the Senate Intelligence committee said in a statement there is no indication that Trump Tower was “the subject of surveillance” by the U.S. government before or after the 2016 election.

9 a.m.

A spokesman for Britain’s prime minister says the White House has promised that it won’t repeat a claim that U.K. spies snooped on U.S. President Donald Trump.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman, James Slack, says the British government has made it clear to the U.S. that the “ridiculous” claims should be ignored. He said today that Washington has assured Britain they will not be repeated.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Thursday cited Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano, who suggested that the British electronic surveillance agency GCHQ had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Trump before last year’s presidential election.

GCHQ took the unusual step of releasing a statement calling the claims “nonsense.”

It said “they are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”

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