FBI investigating ties between Trump campaign and Russian Federation

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 20, 2017

Mr. Comey also firmly shot down Mr. Trump's claim that President Obama had "tapped" Trump Tower, saying no component of the Justice Department did anything of the sort.

"The FBI and the Justice Department have no information to support" Trump's wiretap assertions, Comey said.

A political bombshell landed Monday in Washington as law enforcement confirmed an ongoing investigation into contacts between associates of Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government past year, including whether crimes were committed. Officials investigating the matter have said they believe Moscow had hacked into Democrats' computers in a bid to help Trump's election bid.

During Friday's joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump was asked about his series on tweets in which he accused Obama of wiretapping.

Echoing the White House, committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., closed Monday's hearing by saying they also "don't have any evidence" of collusion between Trump and Russian Federation officials. But Gowdy was less concerned with whether or not President Donald Trump was compromised by a foreign power and more concerned with whether or not the government can jail journalists for reporting on it.

USA officials have said that they have so far found no proof of that, but current and former officials say they have uncovered evidence that Trump's associates were in repeated contact with Russian officials, including people tied to Russian intelligence.

"We also have evidence from a former United Kingdom ambassador Craig Murray, who said he was actually given this information by a disgruntled DNC activist".

"The stakes are nothing lesss than the future of liberal democracy, " Schiff said. While a candidate, and even before, Trump frequently criticized President Barack Obama for the amount of time he spent golfing.

Some of Nunes' statements contributed to their concerns, including his confirmation that he had spoken to journalists at the White House's request to dispute reports that Trump's campaign had contact with Russian Federation.

The comments from Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, came at the outset of a congressional hearing that will explore allegations of Russian hacking in last year's presidential election and whether there were any connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

The Democrats tried to build a prosecution case out of the multiple contacts between Trump aides and Russian officials and the failure of the Trump campaign or the Trump White House to disclose them until forced to.

Comey's remarks before the House Intelligence Committee created a treacherous political moment for Trump, who has insisted that "Russia is fake news" that was cooked up by his political opponents to undermine his presidency.

It will be interesting to see if anything new comes from today's hearing. "One of the lessons they may draw from this is that they were successful", Comey said. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

Nunes said Monday's hearing would also look into the possibly illegal leaking of national security information since Trump's election in November. Members of the Trump administration, including attorney general Jeff Sessions, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have also faced controversy for ties to Russian officials.

Mr Sessions denied any wrongdoing, but removed himself from an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Russia's alleged interference in the election.

Two: Comey's testimony could lead to additional hearings.

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