Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Lawmakers seek FBI, NSA answers on Trump, Russia at rare public hearing

Lawmakers seek FBI, NSA answers on Trump, Russia at rare public hearing

The top Republican and Democrat of the House intelligence committee both agreed on Sunday that there is still no concrete evidence to prove President Donald Trump's contention that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

When asked by host Chris Wallace if there is any evidence to suggest collusion, Nunes replied, "I'll give you a very simple answer: 'No'".

Nunes added that he's also seen "no evidence of collusion" between members of Trump's campaign and Moscow - which had been the original intent of the investigation - although Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) disputed that notion, saying on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he felt "there was circumstantial evidence of collusion". "The information we received Friday continues to lead us in that direction".

As it relates to the Russians, said Nunes, "we are happy to investigate it because I think Putin is a bad actor on the world stage". No evidence of any collusions.

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

The House Intelligence Committee chairman seemed to tell Wallace that there is an investigation or surveillance now being conducted on a member of the White House.

One of those joint requests, signed last week, effectively launched the exclusively Republican demand that the committee's investigation include leaks of sensitive information to the media - an obvious point of compromise on the part of Democrats.

As they took to the airwaves to offer differing opinions about the Russian Federation matter, members of Congress nearly all struck similar notes on Trump's unsubstantiated claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower in NY during the campaign.

Earlier in March, the chairman said that the committee would hold its first hearing to investigate the allegations of Russian interference in the USA 2016 election as well as connections between Trump, his associates and Russia, on March 20.

'Once again no evidence to support the President's claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, ' he said.

FBI Director James Comey is expected to be asked about Mr Trump's claims when he testifies the public hearing.

"If we're serious about reducing health care costs, the last thing we should be doing is cutting money for biomedical research", she said.

"I actually said this a couple of weeks ago that it was - you know, the president doesn't go and physically wiretapped something", he said.

Sen. Tom Cotton says, "Like the House Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee will review this specific claim".

The Washington Post first revealed that, despite Flynn's private denials, he had discussed Obama administration sanctions against Russian Federation with Kislyak - a discussion captured by US spy agencies eavesdropping on Kislyak.

"And I do believe he owes us that explanation".

That's the reason behind the focus on communications between Trump's inner circle and Russian officials. "And what can we do to protect not only ourselves in the future and our allies who are facing the same Russian onslaught right now?" "And he needs to put an end to this".

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