No Evidence That Supports Trump's Claim Obama Wiretapped Him — FBI Director

20 March, 2017, 19:11 | Author: Leticia Walters

"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?"

He added, "There was no FISA warrant that I'm aware of to tap Trump Tower" - a reference to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a federal law that governs the issuance of search warrants in US intelligence gathering.

On Sunday, the top Democrat on the intel committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) claimed, contrary to Clapper, that there is evidence of collusion. "There is nothing at the bottom".

Testifying before United States congress, Mr Comey said he is authorised by the American justice department to make the disclosure.

National Security Agency director Michael Rogers later told the committee that the intelligence community stands behind its January assessment that it is highly confident Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election with the goal of electing Mr Trump.

Comey privately told lawmakers last week that there was no basis to the charge. This will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.

The FBI has been conducting a wide-ranging counterintelligence investigation into Russia's covert role in the election. Under questioning, Rogers said there was no evidence that the Obama administration had ever asked British intelligence agency G.C.H.Q. or Rogers personally to eavesdrop on Trump.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump initiated his latest, greatest White House scandal when he took to Twitter on an otherwise quiet Saturday to accuse Barack Obama of illegally wiretapping Trump Tower-a baseless accusation that Congress was unable to corroborate.

What do you think of Comey's testimony? "However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates". His aides have supported him on those claims.

He also says the committee will investigate who has been leaking classified information about investigations into Russia's interference.

Comey said that no reporter in his lifetime has been prosecuted. Will Hurd of Texas, a former clandestine agent for the Central Intelligence Agency. We need to make sure we don't give other people clues as to where we're going.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled a similar hearing for later in the month.

Beyond the hacking and dumping of documents, he said, a key issue is "were there USA persons that were helping the Russians in any way?" Schiff questioned on Meet the Press. "Was there any form of collusion? And what can we do to protect not only ourselves in the future [but also] our allies who are facing the same Russian onslaught right now?"

"That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts", Comey said in his opening statement to the committee.

The Trump campaign's possible links with top Russian officials, which Trump has vehemently denied, was one of the main election issue and dominated the news cycle since his election and even after his inauguration on January 20.

For Comey, Monday's hearing represents another unusually high-profile role for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

In a separate interview on This Week, Sen.

It is the bureau's policy never to discuss an ongoing investigation - but Democrats say the FBI flagrantly ignored that policy previous year with Comey's disclosures regarding the Clinton investigation.

He added that the leak of classified intelligence "simply can not be tolerated". I would bring them all in.

"Let me be clear", he said.

Hurd, however, pushed back on the notion that government operatives were seeking to undermine Trump. "These men and women are putting themselves in harm's way".

The FBI investigation now threatens to create a rift with the White House. "And that's why, as we go through this review and investigation, it has to be bipartisan".

"We know that the Russians were trying to get involved in our campaign, like they have for many decades". So far, only the NSA has "partially" complied, according to The Washington Post.

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