There's 'no information' to support Trump wiretapping tweets — Federal Bureau of Investigation director

"I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election", Comey told the House intelligence committee.

Trump and his entourage's possible ties with President Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation have been the subject of much speculation since before the Republican billionaire was elected on November 8.

They argue the focus of the probe should be ferreting out who leaked classified information. While the existence of an FBI investigation isn't surprising, it's important to remember how absolutely bonkers this is: a sitting president is being investigated by the FBI for possible collusion with a foreign adversary.

The president's political position was already shaky heading into Monday's hearing, the first of several public sessions the House and Senate intelligence committees are expected to hold.

But the hearing could become heated as Republicans balance support for their party's leaders and Democrats vent frustration over Republican congressional leaders' refusal to appoint a special prosecutor or select committee to investigate.

"As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed", he said.

Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the hearing will focus on several areas, including the scope of Russia's meddling in the US election, whether any campaign officials conspired in those attempts and leaks of classified information to the media.

Hours before the House Intelligence Committee opened the first public hearing into both controversies, Trump sought to steer the news focus by branding the Russian Federation issue, which has been a cloud over his November presidential victory, "fake news".

But Comey neither confirmed nor denied discussing briefings with the president, and instead said, "I can't answer that", as the video that @POTUS shared shows.

"Let me be clear: we know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower. However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates".

He also noted the allegations against Russian Federation are not surprising. "We have been closely monitoring Russia's aggressions for years", Nunes said. The Trump campaign denied any such contact.

Flynn later admitted talking to the ambassador about U.S. relations with Russia just as the Obama administration was slapping punitive new sanctions and expelling three dozen Russian officials over the election interference.

The White House did not immediately reply to questions about the content of the tweets, if there would be a comment about the FBI's investigation into whether the Trump campaign had links to Russian Federation and Comey's remarks about wiretapping. Indeed it is unknowable in a campaign in which so many small changes could have dictated a different result. More importantly, that investigation has yet to conclude there was any connection.

U.S. intelligence agencies in January took the extraordinary step of stating publicly that they had concluded that hackers working for Russian Federation under Putin's direction broke into the email accounts of senior Democrats and released embarrassing documents to damage Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Nunes also addressed Trump's allegation that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower, stating that no evidence had been found in that matter either. The White House has defended Trump's accusations but broadened the term "wiretapping" to include more general surveillance. "Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!" he added. "Must find leaker now!"



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