At a news briefing last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer read out uncorroborated allegations originally made by an analyst on Fox News that the United Kingdom's GCHQ - the equivalent of the US National Security Agency - had spied on Trump. Spicer explained that Trump's golf games are different than former President Barack Obama's - which Trump repeatedly criticized - because of how Trump manages to "use the game of golf" to "help USA interests".
A legal analyst who claimed British intelligence could have helped spy on Donald Trump during his bid to become USA president has been taken off the air.
That rebuttal did not stop Trump from citing Napolitano as a source again when he was asked about the wiretapping claims at a Friday news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Former CIA director under the Obama administration Leon Panetta said on Monday (March 21) that US President Donald Trump should "apologise" to former President Barack Obama over Trump's allegation that Obama "wiretapped" his election campaign.
Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee holding the hearing, called Trump's claims "patently false" and said he expected Comey to say as much on Monday.
Spicer said the discussions with the British were "merely an explanation of what we did and why we did it ... and that was it. I didn't make an opinion on it".
"You shouldn't be talking to me; you should be talking to Fox News", said Trump, who described Napolitano as "a very talented lawyer".
'We said nothing, ' he said. "They have peddled stories in the past which turned out to be not true, which were deliberately put out by them, [and] they have produced leaked material to embarrass different U.S. politicians".
Westmacott said, "I suspect it is not [overstating it] to suggest this story comes from the Russian playbook", he said.
Federal Bureau of Investigation boss James Comey and NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers were due to be questioned during a rare open congressional intelligence committee hearing.
Comey is also scheduled to speak about Trump's collusion with the Russians that resulted in Vladimir Putin intervening with the presidential elections past year.