On Twitter, Trump Puts His Spin on Intel Hearing

21 March, 2017, 02:45 | Author: Valerie Burke

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, said it's important to determine the extent of Russia's involvements and whether they were aided by USA citizens, "including people associated with the Trump campaign".

The hearing features FBI Director James Comey, who will testify with Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency.

FBI director James Comey on Monday confirmed the existence of an ongoing investigation into whether anyone associated with President Donald Trump coordinated with the Russian government as part of Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 United States election.

President Donald Trump, left, sits with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill in Washington during a "Friends of Ireland" luncheon, March 16, 2017.

There was no wiretap of Trump Tower, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Monday, contradicting an assertion from President Donald Trump.

On Fox, Nunes repeated that he did not believe any such wiretapping took place.

"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?"

On March 5, the White House called for Congress to investigate-now, lawmakers in both chambers of Congress are demanding the Federal Bureau of Investigation clear up the president's claims.

But the panel's ranking Democrat said the material offered circumstantial evidence American citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow's efforts to interfere in the presidential election.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has suggested he never provided information to Trump that may have supported the wiretapping allegation.

"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television, " Trump said of the claim that Obama had enlisted the British to eavesdrop on him. "You shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox".

When asked about the intelligence community's responsibility to correct false reporting, Comey said, "There's a whole lot out there that is false". He declared it fake news.

Press secretary Sean Spicer, speaking Monday afternoon, said "there's a lot more to be discussed and looked at" regarding the investigation. "The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a awful campaign".

USA investigators say Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking into the computers at the Democratic National Committee.

The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks subsequently released thousands of emails from the files of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta in the month before the election, showing embarrassing, behind-the-scenes efforts of Democratic operatives to help Clinton win the party's presidential nomination.

Trump tried to go on offense in the middle of the hearing, launching a series of tweets from his official White House account, including one that appeared to blame the Obama administration for leaking details of Flynn's contacts with the Russian envoy.

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