James Comey, Mike Rogers Testify on Wiretapping, Russia

21 March, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Ora Austin
  • House Intelligence chairman 'No evidence of collusion' between Trump camp Russia

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News that he saw no information to show collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, along with both US and British officials, have previously said they know of no evidence to support the claim.

US President Donald Trump today accused the Democratic party of making up allegations about his campaign's links with Russia and the Russian interference in the presidential poll, saying federal investigators should now instead probe the media leaks of classified information. He did, however, announce that he had "no information" to support Trump's recent allegations that former president Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower.

"I'll give you a very simple answer". I would characterize it this way at the outset of the investigation: There is circumstantial evidence of collusion.

Observers say both allegations have diverted attention from the Trump administration's other policies and progress with political appointments.

"We know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower".

Mr Comey and Admiral Rogers are not expected to reveal much in public about the inquiries, which include information that is classified Top Secret and also separated into different compartments, each of which requires a separate clearance.

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"There's an assumption that, because there's an investigation, it must be about something", said Mr. Spicer. "It's pretty clear that that's happening. The Obama CIA director said so, Obama's director of national intelligence said so and we take them at their word".

White House Press Secretary responded during a press briefing on Monday after ABC News' Jonathan Karl noted that Trump has repeatedly claimed - including as recently as this morning - that allegations about Russian Federation and his campaign are "fake news".

Clearly the walls are closing in around the lies, but don't expect anyone in TrumPutin's White House to admit it.

The US intelligence community agrees that the Russians meddled in the presidential election to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. Mr. Nunes has said that unmasking Mr. Flynn as the person who was talking to the Russian ambassador, and then leaking the details of their communications to the public, should make all Americans afraid for their own privacy.

Nunes said the crime is the leaking of names gathered during FISA surveillance that should not have been leaked. "That we know. We know a law has been broken and we need to get to the bottom of it". "They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe", he said on Fox News Sunday. "I think that's a bit of a dodge".

He also said the hearing will focus on "analytical integrity".

There is a long way to go before any comparisons should be made between possible Russian influence on the election and the Watergate scandal.

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