No information to support Trump wiretap claim

No information to support Trump wiretap claim

FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers both appeared before the House Intelligence Committee hearing in which Rep. Peter King (R-NY) asked Comey whether he would corroborate former national intelligence director James Clapper's statement that there is no evidence that anyone from the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Quigley's best guess: The GOP members may go down the road of pushing Comey and Rogers to explain "How do these leaks happen? The department has no information that supports those tweets". The world knows the FBI is investigating, and facts are needed - not tweets, and not speculation.

Comey says the probe is part of the FBI's counter-intelligence mission. "Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the Federal Bureau of Investigation in to look?" he said, suggesting without evidence that his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's campaign may have some connections with Russian Federation. Thanks to the length of the hearing and the immediacy of Twitter, Comey was able to comment on the president's commentary without leaving his seat.

Comey also stated categorically that there was no evidence to support the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower, speculation Trump himself had stated as fact in a moment of Breitbart-induced delirium earlier this month.

It is the first time the FBI officially confirmed that the scope of the investigation included Trump's possible ties with Russian Federation, confirming months of sporadic leaks to the press.

On Monday, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers testified that Trump administration's allegations against the British were also bunk. Officials investigating the matter have said they believe Moscow had hacked into Democrats' computers in a bid to help Trump's election bid.

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".

Hours before the hearing, Mr Trump took to Twitter to deliver a pre-emptive rebuttal, accusing Democrats of inventing a scandal.

The chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has said there is no evidence of a Trump Tower wiretap.

Schiff laid out details from the series of memos authored by a former Western intelligence operative detailing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence.

"This work is very complex, and there is no way for me to give you a timetable for when it will be done", Comey told the House Intelligence Committee. But Gowdy was less concerned with whether or not President Donald Trump was compromised by a foreign power and more concerned with whether or not the government can jail journalists for reporting on it.

FBI Director James Comey was set to kick off the week by testifying before the House Intelligence Committee - one of the first public events in the secretive, ongoing investigation into Russian and domestic meddling in the November election, TIME reported.

Trump followed up his Clapper tweet with another claiming that the "Russian story" was being pushed by bitter Democrats. "Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!" he added.

Gloria Borger also said that the Comey hearing was a bad sign for Trump, as the FBI's investigation into his presidential campaign will leave a cloud hanging over him for as long as it continues.

Then the Trump administration, using the @POTUS official account, tried turning Comey's testimony into evidence for its own argument.

"Did you brief President Obama on any calls involving Michael Flynn?".