Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

House intelligence leader: Documents show no wiretap of Trump Tower

House intelligence leader: Documents show no wiretap of Trump Tower

Two of the government's highest ranking intelligence officials will go before a House committee next week to testify about President Trump's bombastic claim that his predecessor "tapped" his phones during the 2016 election.

FBI Director James Comey and Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, are slated to testify.

The stakes for the tycoon-turned-world-leader could hardly be higher.

It's also unclear how much Comey and Rogers will be able to discuss in the open setting, leaving open the possibility that numerous answers to lawmakers' more substantive questions will need to take place behind closed doors. How are we investigating them and how do we prevent them in the future?

Even since then, the question of whether Trump and company were or are somehow in cahoots with Russian Federation has dominated the national conversation.

Nunes said he's seen "there's no evidence of collusion" between Trump and the Russians to sway the 2016 election.

Nunes had told reporters that he saw no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Moscow, saying, "what I've been told by many folks is that there's nothing there".

Domestically, the headline-grabbing 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.

"The information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction", Nunes said.

Trump has denounced the tumult over the Russian Federation connections as a "total witch hunt".

Monday's hearing was also expected to address a second explosive issue: Trump's unsubstantiated accusations of wiretapping by Barack Obama - charges that have roiled political waters in Washington for the past two weeks. Susan Collins of ME says she doesn't yet know if President Donald Trump owes an apology to former President Barack Obama over his accusations of a wiretap.

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled its first public hearing on the Russian Federation question for March 30, and Sen.

Despite a rising number of officials who say there is no evidence, Trump and aides have not backed down from the Obama wiretapping claim.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned as Trump's national security adviser following media reports about his post-election communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

CNN and others have reported that current and former law enforcement, intelligence and administration officials have said there were communications between Trump's associates and Russians known to USA intelligence during the campaign.

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.

Mr Sessions has removed himself from the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry after being accused by Democrats of lying under oath when he testified at a January confirmation hearing that he had "no communications with the Russians" before it emerged that he had met Moscow's ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during the campaign.

Critics say it has also debased the already-coarse tone of political debate in Washington and eroded the president's credibility at home and overseas.

Mr Flynn was sacked last month after he misled the White House about his conversations with the Moscow diplomat, allegedly regarding United States sanctions. That claim has strained relations with America's closest ally.

Spicer argued Thursday that Trump referred to "broad surveillance", not a physical wiretap.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, one of several Republicans who have questioned the president's allegations, said on NBC's Meet The Press that "I don't know the basis for President Trump's assertion", and "I do believe he owes us that explanation".

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