No evidence found on Trump's wiretap claims

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 21, 2017

Check back for more as Trump continues to tweet.

The statement virtually guarantees that the specter of Russian influence will hang over the White House for months to come, a perilous prospect for a president already facing favorability numbers under 40 percent.

Comey gave no details of the classified investigation and said the fact that it exists does not mean charges would be filed.

And we turn now to the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.

"There really is no rhyme or reason for why he talks publicly about some investigations and not others", said Chris Swecker, a former FBI assistant director who has worked with Comey.

He told a congressional hearing on Russian activities the probe "includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government".

One Kentucky Republican, however, was not at Trump's rally: Sen.

This was a remarkable hearing, seeking inside stuff from the intelligence committee, which, with its Senate counterpart, is supposed to be one of the most discreet, secretive panels on Capitol Hill.

"I don't think there are any written rules as to what Congress can be informed of, and perhaps we are going to look into what those rules should be moving forward", Nunes said.

In my view, Russian interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign had nothing to do with the Democrat's defeat; Hillary Clinton lost because she had the wrong message, failed to compete in key battleground states and spiked the football in the third quarter.

Roger Stone, a former adviser to Trump, has admitted to having a "back channel" connection to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Stone has made public the conversations he had with Guccifer 2.0, the hacker persona believed to be run by Russian intelligence that was also used to disseminate some of the stolen emails.

Under questioning from the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director also publicly contradicted a series of tweets from Trump that declared the Republican candidate's phones had been ordered tapped by President Barack Obama during the campaign.

But Comey and Rogers had both pointedly refused to comment on the question. Who released the information and why they leaked it needs to be uncovered.

It was yet another blow to the White House.

Spicer dismissed Page as a "hanger-on" and said Trump has not spoken to Stone "anytime recently".

Little new information was unearthed during Monday's hearing before the Intelligence Committee; there have been numerous press reports in recent months citing anonymous officials about investigations into Trump. "I don't think it was almost as fruitful as it should've been". "The Democrats brought up this cast of names. I don't know who they are".

His confirmation of the Russia-links investigation was striking given the FBI's historic reluctance to discuss its work.

Trump's tweet on March 4 about wiretapping, which was made without supporting evidence, pulled attention away from the claims of Russian interference in the election. Rogers confirmed that such a request would be a violation of USA law and White House statements on the matter "clearly frustrates a key ally of ours".

Trump created a controversy in early March when he tweeted without giving evidence that Obama had wiretapped his campaign while the businessman competed against Clinton. "The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components". Schiff asked, to which Comey answered, "No president could". Trump tweeted early Monday as news coverage on the Russian Federation allegations dominated the morning's cable news.

"I have no information that supports those tweets", Comey said.

Comey was the latest government official to reject Trump's claims, made without any evidence, that Obama had wiretapped his NY skyscraper during the campaign.

Brinkley, who has published biographies of such presidents as Gerald Ford, Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, said of Trump's start, "This is the most failed first 100 days of any president".

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