What to expect from Moday's Senate hearing on wiretapping and Russian Federation
- Author: Elsie Buchanan Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 0:38
"I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI", Mr Comey told the House Intelligence Committee in response to a question over Mr Trump's series of tweets earlier this month alleging that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of the phones at Mr Trump's then-campaign headquarters at Trump Tower in NY.
Monday's hearing is also expected to address President Trump's claims that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone at Trump Tower in NY during the campaign.
The thrust: The White House wants you to think that the Federal Bureau of Investigation might have been investigating Trump at Barack Obama's request, even though Comey explicitly told House members that this wasn't the case. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same.
The extraordinary revelation came at the outset of Comey's opening statement in a congressional hearing examining Russian meddling and possible connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign. Trump, tweeting from his seldom used @POTUS account, wrote that the directors told Congress that "Russia did not influence the electoral process".
Ever since Trump was inaugurated on January 20, there have been questions and rumors about links between members of Trump's campaign and the Russian government.
Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of US Cyber Command, also spoke on the same lines asserting he has seen no evidence of wiretapping as alleged by Trump through his tweets.
Devin Nunes, a Republican representative and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told Fox News on Sunday that there was "no evidence of collusion" between Trump's team and Moscow.
But Comey may feel compelled to respond to Trump's unproven Twitter assertions that President Barack Obama ordered a wiretapping of Trump Tower during the campaign.
Two US intelligence chiefs are set to testify before Congress about possible links between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's election campaign.
"Let me be clear", he said.
"We started a hearing".
White House Press Secretary responded during a press briefing on Monday after ABC News' Jonathan Karl noted that Trump has repeatedly claimed - including as recently as this morning - that allegations about Russian Federation and his campaign are "fake news".
Her comments came during a Congressional hearing on links between the Trump team and Russian Federation.
While the hearing is focused on Russia's meddling in the USA election and the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation, lawmakers also quickly sought to dispel any remaining support for Trump's allegations.
Because Trump sent out his tweet before the hearing ended, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., was able to ask Comey and Rogers about it.
"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?"
Mr Trump took to Twitter before the hearing began, accusing Democrats of making up allegations about his campaign associates' contact with Russian Federation during the election.
The House and Senate intelligence committees have jurisdiction over the United State's 17 intelligence agencies.