Nunes: 'No Evidence of Collusion' Between Trump Campaign and Russian Federation

  • Nunes: 'No Evidence of Collusion' Between Trump Campaign and Russian Federation

Nunes: 'No Evidence of Collusion' Between Trump Campaign and Russian Federation

National Security Agency (NSA) director Admiral Mike Rogers, who was also at the packed hearing, strongly rebutted the suggestion repeated by Mr Trump's administration that the agency had asked Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) intelligence agency to spy on the US President.

According to Comey, the probe comes as part of a broader investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 United States election, including the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

Trump created a controversy in early March when he tweeted without giving evidence that former President Barack Obama's administration had wiretapped Trump Tower in NY.

The FBI typically does not comment on ongoing investigations, especially those involving classified information, he said.

"I have no information that supports those tweets", Comey said this morning.

At a hearing in January, Comey refused to confirm or deny the existence of any investigation exploring possible connections between Trump associates and Russian Federation, consistent with the FBI's longstanding policy of not publicly discussing its work.

A senior USA lawmaker says he has seen "no evidence" of collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign.

Mr Comey told the congressional hearing that the probe "includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government".

"Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I can not say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining", Comey said.

Republican Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, and Adam Schiff, the panel's top Democrat, are leading an investigation into the allegations. He also went on reject the president's claims that the Obama administration "wiretapped" Trump Tower past year, saying, "Let me be clear: we know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower".

Spicer argued that Trump critics have focused too narrowly on the president's use of the term "wiretapping" when he first leveled his explosive charge against former president Barack Obama on Twitter more than two weeks ago.

"Following this testimony, it is clear that nothing has changed", Spicer said.

Several Republicans have said Mr Trump should apologise if he can not substantiate his claims.

"It certainly was not our intention to say that today, because we do not have any information on that subject", Comey replied.

Trump countered, as you might expect, by blaming Democrats for the FBI investigation, and said what should be investigated are the leaks. "President Trump owes the American people and President Obama more than just an explanation, but an apology".

Manafort resigned from Trump's campaign last summer following allegations of contacts with Russian intelligence officials.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former senator, recused himself from investigating the matter after it was revealed that he did not answer accurately when he was asked during his confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russian officials during the election.

The top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, said it was not yet known whether the Russian operation was aided by USA citizens, "including people associated with the Trump campaign".

Federal Bureau of Investigation has been looking into any ties between Trump advisers and Russian agents during the campaign.