FBI Director To Talk Russia, Trump Wiretap Before House Intelligence CommitteePor Fresco Pimienta Mar 20, 2017
A political bombshell landed Monday in Washington as law enforcement confirmed an ongoing investigation into contacts between associates of Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government previous year, including whether crimes were committed.
The FBI is investigating whether any Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russian government, Director James Comey testified to Congress in a public session Monday, officially confirming President Trump's associates are being probed.
Nunes also said Monday that there is "no evidence to date that officials from any campaign conspired with Russian agents". Comey revealed just enough to stoke public suspicions, confirming that they're looking at potential links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but gave no further details with which to judge how credible those suspicions are.
For someone who keeps telling Americans repeatedly the FBI doesn't "confirm the existence of ongoing investigations", he sure seems to have a lot to say to the media and the public about ongoing investigations, especially those related to important, politics-driven topics.
At the same hearing, the Republican chairman of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee (HIC) flatly denied that there had been a wiretap on Trump Tower in NY, but said it was possible other surveillance was used against Mr Trump. "We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump".
He also posted, "The real story that Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information".
However, Mr Schiff said the material offers circumstantial evidence that U.S. citizens collaborated with Russians to influence the vote.
On the FBI investigation of Russia's interference.
In January, US intelligence agencies said they believed Kremlin-backed hackers had broken into the email accounts of senior Democrats and released embarrassing ones in order to help Mr Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
Several other key players may testify, including ex-CIA director John Brennan, former director of national intelligence James Clapper and Sally Yates, the former acting attorney-general who informed the White House of Mr. Flynn's discussions with Mr. Kislyak. "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency", the report's key judgement found.
Meanwhile, Comey also confirmed - for the first time - that the FBI is investigating potential links between Russian intelligence and Trump's presidential campaign.
Mr Trump took to Twitter before the hearing began, accusing Democrats of making up allegations about his campaign associates' contact with Russian Federation during the election.
James Comey told USA lawmakers he was not aware of any evidence to support allegations made in a Trump Twitter rant earlier this month.
"I also think in addition to that circumstantial evidence, there's very direct evidence of collusion", he said.
Carter Page, a former national security advisor for Trump, visited Moscow in mid-2016 and reportedly discussed moving the campaign in a pro-Russia direction, Schiff said.
Congress will grill two top US intelligence officials on Monday in a bid to pin down details of Russian contacts with President Donald Trump's campaign and inner circle, and refute Mr. Trump's seemingly baseless accusation that the Obama administration spied on him during the campaign.
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