Investigator dismisses Trump's claim Obama tapped his phone


Hours before the hearing, Trump tweeted that former Director of National Intelligence "James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus (president of the United States) colluded with Russian Federation", and said Democrats were pushing the inquiry because the party's election losses.

Neither Rogers nor Comey have spoken publicly about the president's allegation.

"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television, " Trump said of the claim that Obama had enlisted the British to eavesdrop on him.

The maelstrom also caused tension with key U.S. allies and threatens to distract Republicans from campaign promises on health care and taxes.

The national intelligence former director, James Clapper confirmed that Trumps allegation had no truth and McCain said, "The president has two choices now, either he should retract or provide the information required or that the American people ought to have". "I do believe he owes us that explanation".

She answered yes and said she hopes that he's successful.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the House committee's ranking Democrat, called Trump's claims "slanderous, " adding that "we do not yet know whether the Russians had the help of USA citizens, including people associated with the Trump campaign".

The Justice Department on Friday delivered documents to congressional committees to help clear up whether the Obama administration spied on Trump. "They are trying to somehow raise other issues", he said.

'There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception, ' Schif said.

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On Monday, however, Rogers offered the House panel an unequivocal rejection, saying US authorities never sought the help of British intelligence to conduct such surveillance.

The FBI director and Rogers also declined numerous times to respond to questions about whether former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was a subject of the FBI's ongoing inquiry.

Intelligence officials have said that Russian Federation was behind the theft of Democratic National Committee emails last summer.

The US government later concluded that the Russian government directed the DNC hack in an attempt to influence the outcome of November's presidential election.

"For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russian Federation poses", committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said.

He promised to try to "get to the bottom of" whether Russians tried to help the Trump campaign and "whether Trump associates or anyone else was involved". "They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe".

Comey, appearing before the House Intelligence Committee along with National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, also confirmed for the first time publicly that the FBI was investigating Russian interference, including communications between Trump associates and Russian officials.

The head of the committee, Devin Nunes, told United States network Fox News he had seen no ties to Russian Federation and the Republican campaign.