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No evidence of Trump wiretapping claim

20 March 2017, 08:57 | Terri Saunders

Greg Nash

House Intelligence chairman 'No evidence of collusion' between Trump camp Russia

Comey revealed just enough to stoke public suspicions, confirming that they're looking at potential links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but gave no further details with which to judge how credible those suspicions are.

Smith says what happens in the hearing starting Monday will help write history, and he believes Comey will be very careful about how he answers questions about spying and colluding with Russians.

The hearing, providing the most extensive public accounting of a matter that has dogged the Trump administration for its first two months, quickly broke along partisan lines.

Comey added there is " for how long the investigation will take.

Trump recently made news on social media for accusing former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign.

Comey, who privately encouraged Justice Department officials to refute Trump's accusations soon after he made then in a March 4 tweet storm, is scheduled to testify along with National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers.

President Trump has been dogged by claims that his associates had ties to Russian officials.

FBI Director James Comey's opening statement during today's House Intelligence Committee hearing was extraordinary, confirming far more than anyone had expected.

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He added: "The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a awful campaign".

He said the investigation would also conclude whether any crimes were committed. "Must find leaker now!"

The high-stakes testimony in the House Intelligence Committee - the first public hearing into both controversies - came as Trump sought to steer the news focus by calling the Russian Federation issue, which has been a cloud over his victory, "fake news".

Carter Page, a former national security advisor for Trump, visited Moscow in mid-2016 and reportedly discussed moving the campaign in a pro-Russia direction, Schiff said.

The surveillance allegation became an issue when Trump earlier this month accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in NY, which housed the campaign headquarters for the Republican's surprise election win against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of fabricating allegations of election interference against Russian Federation and creating more "fake news".

"I would characterize it this way at the outset of the investigation: There is circumstantial evidence of collusion", said Schiff. "There's certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation". The US authorities hold Russian Federation responsible for cyberattacks, but no proof has been furnished as of yet.

"We know that the Russians were trying to get involved in our campaign, like they have for many decades".

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