No proof of wiretap claims: United States politicians

  • No proof of wiretap claims: United States politicians

No proof of wiretap claims: United States politicians

Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey will be in the hot seat Monday facing lawmakers who accuse him of stonewalling Congress, as they demand answers about Donald Trump's potential Russian Federation ties and the president's extraordinary accusation of wiretapping by his predecessor.

"No evidence of collusion", Nunes told the Fox News broadcaster, answering the question if there was evidence of any links between Russian Federation and Trump campaign.

Collins said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that she wishes Trump would "explain to us on the Intelligence Committee and to the American people" his basis for the accusations. Rep. Tom Cole told reporters on Friday that "President Obama is owed an apology" unless Trump can put forward some convincing evidence of his wiretapping claims.

The White House has asked the House and Senate intelligence committees to investigate the matter as part of their inquiries into Russia's hacking of the presidential election and possible contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials. Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's pick to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee for opening statements and questioning. Trump's reliance on a Fox News report for his claim on British involvement, and not the testimony of his intelligence agencies, appears to indicate the most powerful man in the world is operating in a realm of conspiracy theories rather than facts.

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

While James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, said two weeks ago that no evidence exists that he was aware of, Schiff said that is not the case.

With the national debate consumed by talk over Trump's wiretapping claim, one United States lawmaker said the president might be well advised to follow the sage parental counsel he received years ago.

A view of Trump Tower, March 7, 2017 in New York City.

"To quote my 85-year-old father, it never hurts to say you're sorry", said Rep. "I think it's exactly where we want to be", he said on "Fox News Sunday". Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, has also been called to testify at Monday's hearing. "It's continuing to grow in terms of damage, and he needs to put an end to this".

"For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russian Federation poses", committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said.

The California Republican also said there was "no evidence of collusion" between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "I think it helps with our allies".

Intelligence officials have said that Russian Federation was behind the theft of Democratic National Committee emails last summer.

CNN reported in February that there was constant contact between Trump campaign aides and Russians known to U.S. intelligence last summer, citing multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials. "And, I would say, including the political people, because some political people knew about this as well".

"We'll see what Director Comey testifies about", Cotton said. "The one crime we know that's been committed is that one, the leaking of someone's name", Nunes said.

"It created a wedge, whether real or perceived, between the White House, the intelligence community and the American public", he said.