'Fire And Fury' Book Claims Tony Blair Told Trump UK May Have Spied On Him, Monitored His Team's Calls

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Jan. 05, 2018

Michael Wolff claims in his new book that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told Jared Kushner that the British government was spying on his staff and "possibly even Trump himself," though Blair is denying the report as a "complete fabrication."

From The Guardian:
In his already bestselling new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, author Michael Wolff says the the former prime minister had a secret meeting with Trump's son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner.

Wolff wrote that Blair suggested there was a possibility "that the British had had the Trump campaign staff under surveillance, monitoring its telephone calls and other communications and possibly even Trump himself".

Wolff's book also repeated speculation that Blair had been angling to be Trump's Middle East envoy.

Blair suggested Wolff had made up both claims.

Interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme he said: "This story is a complete fabrication, literally from beginning to end. I've never had such conversation in the White House, outside of the White House, with Jared Kushner, with anybody else."

Blair, a former Middle East peace envoy for the quartet of United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia, admitted that he had met Kushner, but not to discuss surveillance on Trump or to lobby for a role.

He said: "Of course I've met him and we discussed the Middle East peace process. I wasn't angling for some job. I did the quartet role. I'm still very active on the Middle East peace process, but I've got absolutely no desire for an official position. I never sought one, it was never offered, don't want one."

Blair said he was alarmed by how Wolff's unsubstantiated claims had gained traction in the last 24 hours.

He said: "The story is a sort of reflection on the crazy state of modern politics. Here's a story that is literally an invention and is now halfway around the world with conspiracy theories attached to it. That's modern politics."

Wolff wrote that during the secret meeting Blair shared a "juicy nugget of information", which "churned and festered" in the president's mind.

Wolff wrote that Blair suggested there was a possibility "that the British had had the Trump campaign staff under surveillance, monitoring its telephone calls and other communications and possibly even Trump himself".
Wolff's shady history of allegedly fabricating quotes makes everything he claims highly questionable. Nonetheless, former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele manufactured the phony "piss dossier" and the Guardian reported last year that the GHCQ said they "incidentally" spied on Trump's campaign associates and shared their intelligence with the Obama administration.

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