No Evidence of Collusion Between Trump, Moscow - US House Intelligence Committee

Carter Page a former foreign policy adviser of US President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at RIA Novosti news agency in Moscow Russia

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.

The directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency will break their public silence on Monday about their investigations into possible links between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign at a rare open congressional intelligence committee hearing.

He repeated an unsubstantiated claim that Britain's cyber intelligence organization conducted the surveillance at Obama's behest, a claim the agency GBHQ flatly denied; and mentioned during German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first visit to the Trump White House the Obama administration's monitoring of Merkel's cellphone, a bruising incident in German-U.S. relations.

Monday's hearing was also expected to address a second explosive issue: Trump's unsubstantiated accusations that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone at Trump Tower in NY during the campaign.

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".

Nunes, on the other hand, was categorical that the committee had yet to see any evidence that the Trump campaign worked with Russian officials. The lawmaker said he remained primarily concerned about leaks of USA surveillance of conversations between Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other intelligence agencies have already found that Russian Federation hacked into Democratic emails and leaked them in an attempt to help Trump, members of intelligence panel want more information from Comey.

She answered yes and said she hopes that he's successful. Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned last month after it was revealed that he had privately discussed USA sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washington before Trump took office. But amid a furor over whether Moscow tried to influence the 2016 presidential race on Trump's behalf, lawmakers said they would make public as much of their probes as possible.

With the national debate consumed by talk over Trump's wiretapping claim, one U.S. lawmaker said the president might be well advised to follow the sage parental counsel he received years ago.

The wiretapping claim was revived Friday, when Trump refused to back down from the claim, citing a Fox News analyst's contention that GCHQ, the British electronic intelligence agency, had helped Obama wiretap Trump.

"To quote my 85-year-old father, it never hurts to say you're sorry", said Rep. "I think the concern that we have is that, were there any other surveillance activities that were used".

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Trump "owes" Congress, and the American people an "explanation" behind his claims.

Sen. Tom Cotton on Sunday previewed the upcoming House hearing, saying Comey's testimony would address "unsubstantiated allegations" of dealings between Moscow and President Donald Trump's campaign.

The California Republican also said there was "no evidence of collusion" between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "And he needs to put an end to this".

Identities of Americans who show up in US surveillance against foreign targets are generally concealed, but can be unmasked by intelligence agencies in certain circumstances.

Several congressional panels have launched investigations into Russia's alleged interference, including House and Senate intelligence committees, which have jurisdiction over the nation's 17 intelligence agencies, and the House and Senate judiciary committees.

"Yes. Do I think the president gets everything right? And if there's an active criminal investigation, we need to allow law enforcement to do their job".

Democrats say that pattern of behavior merits investigation -- and could press Comey on Monday to say what he can in an unclassified setting about those contacts.

Trump has since said that he was referring more generally to "surveillance", not necessarily bugging of phones, and his aides have echoed that changing rationale.

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