US Lawmaker: 'No Evidence Of Collusion' Between Trump Campaign, Russia

Posted March 21, 2017

Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers are all but certain to face questions at the hearing about possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, as well as the president's stunning allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

She answered yes and said she hopes that he's successful.

Nunes said he has seen no information of a foreign intelligence surveillance warrant to monitor Trump. That happened to [former National Security Adviser] Michael Flynn.

"We will be asking the director if he has any evidence that substantiates the president's claim", Schiff said.

"As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump told the German chancellor, referring to a WikiLeaks report in 2015 that the United States had monitored calls involving Merkel and her top aides for years. The Trump administration has also reiterated those denials.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Susan Collins of ME also said Sunday they had seen no evidence that the Obama administration had placed Trump under surveillance at Trump Tower, the Manhattan high-rise that houses Trump's residence, business office and campaign office.

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On Thursday, Nunes, whose committee is handling the investigation into President Donald Trump's seemingly unsubstantiated wiretapping claims, said at the Capitol that he didn't think there "was an actual tap of Trump Tower", adding that if Mr. Trump's claims were to be considered literally, then "clearly the president was wrong".

A number of congressional committees added the startling accusation to their wider investigations of possible Russian meddling in the election campaign and Russian ties to Trump and his associates.

"You're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks", Trump said.

Members of Congress have expressed mounting frustration over the lack of cooperation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Russian Federation and Trump's incendiary wiretap claim, which Barack Obama and an array of other officials have flatly denied.

Trump fired his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, last month after he failed to disclose s with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office on January 20.

That's according to Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., the only member from IL on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is holding its first hearing about Russia's role in the 2016 contest.

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Even White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who has been doing verbal somersaults in response to an avalanche of questions at his daily news briefings, seems to have thrown up his hands.

But Trump's fellow Republicans, who control majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives, say the probes by congressional committees are sufficient.

Domestically, the controversy over the wiretapping claim has pulled attention away from Trump's effort to push through other key items on his agenda, including the planned repeal of Obama's healthcare law, tax reform and his controversial travel ban. "As it relates to the Russians, we are happy to investigate it because I think Putin is a bad actor on the world stage".

The White House doubled down on the wiretapping claims last week.

While the open, public nature of the House committee's hearing may prevent a thorough examination of sensitive issues, Nunes and Schiff said they were doing everything possible to keep the American public informed. During that time, he has been a hero to Democrats, a villain to Republicans, a villain to Democrats, a hero to Republicans.

Later on Wednesday, Comey was expected to brief leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee about any FBI investigation of Russian election-related activities, according to media reports citing the committee's Republican chairman, Charles Grassley.

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