Federal Bureau of Investigation director rejects Trump wiretap claim, confirms Russian Federation probe

Cheryl Sanders
March 20, 2017

Comey also confirmed that the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and had been doing so during last year's election.

But he added, in opening comments to a House Intelligence Committee hearing looking at the matter, that "because it is an open ongoing investigation and is classified, I can not say more".

Based on "everything I have up to this morning - no evidence of collusion", by Trump's team and Moscow, Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News on Sunday.

James Comey confirmed a probe was underway while testifying to the House Intelligence Committee this afternoon during a hearing looking into possible Russian interference in last year's United States election.

Russian Federation denies trying to influence the election, while Mr Trump denounced the investigation as a "total witch hunt". "There's certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation".

Trump won't be able to tweet this controversy away, not after Monday's revelation by Comey.

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

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation tried to help Trump by hacking leading Democrats' emails.

"The one crime we know that's been committed is that one: the leaking of someone's name", said Mr Nunes. But there have been questions for months about coziness between Trump and members of his administration with Russian Federation.

Senator Nunes had said that yesterday's hearing would focus on Russia's actions, whether campaign officials or other USA citizens were improperly monitored, and who was responsible for leaks of sensitive information.

Neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the NSA, or the Department of Justice can substantiate Trump's claims - which he first tweeted on the morning of Saturday, March 4, according to testimony during a House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday. He also said the panel had "seen no evidence to date that officials from any campaign conspired with Russian agents".

There is an investigation about Russia's ties with the Trump campaign.

Mr. Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, tried a variety of different dodges.

They will also address Mr Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by Barack Obama.

Democratic focus: Democrats' lines of inquiry will be about Russian's possible collusion with "with the Trump political campaign and how do we prevent this from happening in the future".

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