There's 'no information' to support Trump wiretapping tweets — Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 21, 2017

President Donald Trump appeared to dismiss questions surrounding his campaign's ties to Russian Federation ahead of a congressional hearing Monday, calling the story "FAKE NEWS" in a series of early-morning tweets.

At the hearing, Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers acknowledged a variety of other people at least had access to the information, including many outside the office of the president.

FBI director James Comey has publicly confirmed for the first time that the the bureau is investigating Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including any potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and Russia's Government.

Nunes, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and other leading Republicans have said no such wiretap took place.

Yet Nunes also rejected Trump's claim that there was a wiretap of Trump Tower, Trump's NY residence and headquarters for both his business and campaign.

Schiff said he expected Comey to make clear at Monday's hearing that the allegation was unfounded. "However, while the indications of Russian measures targeting the US presidential election are deeply troubling, one benefit is already clear - it has focused wide attention on the pressing threats posed by the Russian autocrat".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has suggested he never provided information to Trump that may have supported the wiretapping allegation.

The British electronic intelligence agency, the GCHQ, said the report was "utterly ridiculous and should be ignored", but when asked about it Friday at a White House news conference, Trump deflected any blame for linking the British to his wiretapping allegation.

His FBI director, however, served the American people by clarifying which allegations were real enough to investigate further, and which weren't. "You shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox".

A short time later, a Fox News anchor said, "Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!" he said in a series of morning tweets.

Press secretary Sean Spicer, speaking Monday afternoon, said "there's a lot more to be discussed and looked at" regarding the investigation.

FILE - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains.

"The possibility of Trump officials conspiring with a foreign adversary to influence a US election represents a grave threat to our national security and our democracy, and the American people deserve answers", the statement reads.

Trump and his entourage's possible ties with President Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation have been the subject of much speculation since before the Republican billionaire was elected on November 8.

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