House Intelligence chairman: 'No evidence of collusion' between Trump camp, Russian Federation

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

Around the same time, The New York Times reported that United States intelligence had intercepted calls showing that members of Trump's campaign had repeated contacts with top Russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the election. Sheldon Whitehouse gave FBI Director James Comey until Wednesday to inform them about whether or not the agency is investigating the Trump campaign's s with Russian Federation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also probing Russian interference in the election.

Monday's much-anticipated hearing will feature testimony from Comey as well as Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency.

"Were there physical wiretaps of Trump Tower?"

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

The FBI director then trooped up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to brief Grassley and the judiciary panel's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, behind closed doors.

"It is very, very important that whoever released that go to jail, because you can not have members of the intelligence community listening to the most private and highly classified information and then releasing that to the New York Times", Paul said.

"We need to get to the bottom of that", Nunes said.

There is no evidence of collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, US House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday. He would not disclose what was provided. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, another GOP member of the committee, said he has seen no evidence to back Trump's wiretapping claim.

Earlier this month, on the CBS News program "Face the Nation", Collins said it would be helpful if Trump stopped commenting on the investigation and "let us do our work".

Trump has denounced the tumult over the Russian Federation connections as a "total witch hunt". Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned last month after it was revealed that he had privately discussed US sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washington before Trump took office.

Nunes, on the other hand, was categorical that the committee had yet to see any evidence that the Trump campaign worked with Russian officials.

Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas, even took it one step further and called on Trump to apologize. Schiff said. "Was there any form of collusion?"

In a BBC interview published Saturday, National Security Agency deputy Rick Ledgett called the suggestion - which a White House spokesman conveyed to reporters - that British intelligence might have helped spy on Trump "just insane". Comey unsuccessfully urged the Justice Department to publicly deny the initial allegation, according to a USA official who requested anonymity in order to discuss sensitive issues.

Domestically, the controversy over the wiretapping claim has pulled attention away from Trump's effort to push through other key items on his agenda, including the planned repeal of Obama's healthcare law, tax reform and his controversial travel ban.

Mr Trump has found himself at odds with Democrats and Republicans alike, including Mr Nunes, over his March 4 assertion that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Elsie Buchanan