FBI, NSA chiefs refuse to deny Trump-Russia collusion

Speaking to a House intelligence committee Monday, both Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers said that there was no evidence that Russian hackers interfered with the counting of votes in swing states that Trump narrowly won, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. But amid a furor over whether Moscow tried to influence the 2016 presidential race on Trump's behalf, lawmakers said they would make public as much of their probes as possible.

Comey confirmed for the first time that the FBI is investigating Russia's influence on the 2016 USA election, including any "links" between Moscow and Trump campaign officials. "And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts", Comey said.

Mr Comey was the latest government official to reject Trump's claims, made without any evidence, that Obama had wiretapped his NY skyscraper during the campaign.

No one, other than perhaps Donald Trump himself, or his paid surrogates and online sock puppets, fully believed Trump's accusations - delivered through incendiary tweets - that former President Barack Obama had "tapped" his phones. The president later followed up with other tweets saying the same thing. Comey said Moscow had always been opposed to Trump's election rival, former secretary of state Clinton. "This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!"

Both the House and Senate intelligence committees are now looking into the possibility of Russian interference during the election. Flynn had originally denied he had conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about Russian sanctions in December.

Nunes' committee is investigating whether the Trump campaign and the Russian government worked together to boost the real-estate magnate's chances of winning the U.S. presidency.

Some 14 minutes into the hearing, he tweeted, "What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians?" He did not reveal this in January during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Schiff defended the continued investigation into ties between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives to NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday. He has been described as an off-and-on again advisor to Trump for several decades. What he just said a moment ago, is could this all be a coincidence, the answer he said is yes, it could be, but he said there's equally information that these contacts are not unrelated. "I had no further exchanges".

The ranking Democratic congressman on the House Intelligence Committee hit back at President Donald Trump's claim that hearings into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation were "FAKE NEWS". "Let me be clear: We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower".

The top two lawmakers on the committee said Sunday that documents the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation delivered late last week offered no evidence that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower, the president's New York City headquarters. The issue concerned Clinton's use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state.

"I will tell you this, Russia: If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing", Trump, the then-Republican nominee, said at a news conference in Florida. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press".



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