Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

No wiretap of Trump Tower, GOP intel committee says

No wiretap of Trump Tower, GOP intel committee says

When the tweet was pointed out to Comey at the hearing, Comey knocked it down.

The wiretapping allegation is part of broader investigations by the FBI and lawmakers into the conclusion by the country's intelligence community that Russian Federation meddled in the election in an effort to help Trump defeat his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In follow-up tweets Monday morning, the president claimed Democrats "made up and pushed the Russian story" to explain Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential election.

At 7 a.m., he tweeted: "The real story that Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information".

Trump didn't respond to FBI Director James Comey's statement that he and the Justice Department could not substantiate Trump's claim that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretaps of him.

Comey and Rogers are not expected to reveal much in public about the probes, which include information that is classified Top Secret and also separated into different compartments, each of which requires a separate clearance.

Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating whether Trump was under surveillance before he became president. Director Comey's testimony put the last nail into President Trump's mendacious wiretapping claims.

U.S. intelligence has concluded that Russian Federation indeed meddled, but has said nothing about possible collusion with Team Trump. "Must find leaker now!"

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

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.

"The real problem here is you had a foreign adversarial power intervene in our election, a very close election, and what our intelligence community tells us is they're going to do it again", Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House intelligence panel, told CBS News Monday.

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. Flynn traveled frequently with the president, delivered a high-profile speech at the Republican National Convention and served as his first National Security Adviser.

Trump tried to go on offense in the middle of the hearing, launching a series of tweets from his official White House account, including one that appeared to blame the Obama administration for leaking details of Flynn's contacts with the Russian envoy.

Nunes has said that the intelligence committee will focus in part on who revealed that Flynn had those conversations, which were reportedly recorded by United States intelligence.

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