'No evidence' Trump's team colluded with Russia - US intel. committee chief

Democratic representative Adam Schiff defended the House Intelligence Committee's continued investigation into ties between Donald Trump's campaign and Russian operatives to NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on "Fox News Sunday" that while he also has not seen evidence of the wiretap claim, "we will investigate each and every one of these things".

"I'll give you a very simple answer: No", he said.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Susan Collins of ME also said Sunday they had seen no evidence that the Obama administration had placed Trump under surveillance at Trump Tower, the Manhattan high-rise that houses Trump's residence, business office and campaign office. "And the information that we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction".

"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. "There is no evidence of collusion".

The president repeatedly insisted last week that Mr Obama had put Trump Tower put under surveillance in 2016.

Representative Devin Nunes of California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Democrat Schiff demanded last week that the FBI, NSA and CIA turn over the names of any USA citizens who may have been "unmasked" by surveillance eavesdropping.

Trump's national security adviser resigned after he acknowledged misleading White House officials about his communications with Russia's ambassador.

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.

The Republican head of a congressional panel investigating accusations of Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election said on Sunday a leak involving former Trump aide Michael Flynn was a crime and that the panel was probing whether other names were leaked.

The stakes are high for Comey, who has engendered mistrust after going public with comments about Hillary Clinton's email server during the election; Obama, who has denied Trump's claims and wants his name cleared; and Trump, whose credibility is on the line.

Schiff, D-Calif., said on NBC's "Meet the Press" he received a classified briefing Friday on the wiretapping issue, and there was "no evidence to support the president's claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor".

FBI Director Comey would also be privy to any FISA request, which is why he asked the Justice Department to reject Trump's wiretap claim. USA intelligence agencies say Russian Federation was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails and for numerous fake news stories that found their way onto social media.

"I think people need to understand we are in a global war of ideas", Schiff said. The American people have a right to know and in order to defend ourselves.

Recent headlines and statements have focused on whether Obama ordered Trump Tower to be wiretapped during the campaign. "And he needs to put an end to this".

"The New York Times" reported in February that USA intelligence agents had intercepted calls showing repeated contacts between Trump's team and top Russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the United States vote.

Cotton, a veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also touched on major military issues in the news.



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