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Comey: There's No Evidence Obama Wiretapped Trump

20 March, 2017, 23:58 | Author: Mae Harvey
  • FBI chief expected to deny wiretapping claim Dem says

Comey said that neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation nor the Justice Department has any corroborating evidence.

Schiff is the ranking Democratic member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Meanwhile, the intelligence community remains confident the Russians coordinated the election hacking campaign, Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, told lawmakers Monday. "That would be expressly against the construct of the Five Eyes (intelligence-sharing) agreement that's been in place for decades".

The Russian government has repeatedly denied interfering in the presidential campaign.

"We know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower. However, it is still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates", he said, promising to both probe whether there were any ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during the campaign and concerns about recent leaked confidential information.

It is not clear how much new information will emerge, and the hearing's open setting puts Mr Comey in a hard situation if he is asked to discuss an ongoing investigation tied to the campaign of Mr Trump.

Comey also confirmed there is an active investigation looking into alleged Russian interference in the United States election.

President Trump trolled FBI Director James Comey on Twitter during his appearance Monday at a House hearing investigating Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump campaign officials collaborated with Moscow.

Schiff asked Comey if he and his investigators engaged in McCarthyism, referring to Wisconsin Sen.

Several congressional committees in both the House and the Senate have launched investigations into Russia's alleged interference. "All I can tell you is that we have no information that supports them". US intelligence officials have not publicly raised the possibility of contacts between the Clintons and Moscow.

Trump has rejected suggestions that he or his campaign had improper contacts with Russian officials.

"James Clapper and others stated there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russian Federation".

What questions do you have for intelligence officials right now? He was accused by Democrats of lying under oath when he testified at a January confirmation hearing that he had "no communications with the Russians" before it emerged that he had met Moscow's ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during the campaign. "Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!" he added. He said the fact that there is an investigation does not mean charges will be filed.

That answer was consistent with Comey's testimony throughout the hearing, in which he avoided discussing classified information, information about specific American citizens or information shared with the president. Must find leaker now!

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