Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

US Lawmaker: 'No Evidence Of Collusion' Between Trump Campaign, Russia

US Lawmaker: 'No Evidence Of Collusion' Between Trump Campaign, Russia

FBI Director James Comey testifies during a hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election on March 20.

FBI Director James Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the agency is investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential election and notably Moscow's possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign.

But they had not commented on whether they were examining links between members of Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

Meanwhile, the credibility of the investigation and the "evidence" it might offer gets more and more questionable, as new information emerges regarding dubious methods used by the USA intelligence community.

That directly undercut Trump's longstanding claims that any talk of Russian involvement in the election was a story ginned up by Democrats for political gain or to excuse Hillary Clinton's loss in 2016.

On Friday, the Department of Justice said it turned over information sought by congressional committees, which requested documents for any potential court orders or warrants related to Trump, his campaign surrogates, family or friends.

"Let me be clear: we know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates", Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement opening the hearing.

Meanwhile, Trump launched a series of tweets Monday morning, perhaps in an effort to distract from Comey's testimony, which will likely debunking allegations, according to reports.

Trump fired Flynn for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the content of a phone call with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, which included a discussion about sanctions.

Trump also tweeted that the "real story" is the leaking of classified information.

A congressional panel so far has found no evidence that Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation, its chairman said Sunday.

Comey and Rogers are not expected to reveal much in public about the probes, which include information that is classified Top Secret and also separated into different compartments, each of which requires a separate clearance.

"The CIA had over the last few years been accumulating an arsenal of cyberweapons, which they've acquired even from the Russian hackers", Machon said.

According to the Washington Post, f the House Intelligence Committee, also said during a Fox News Sunday appearance that the wiretapping claims were without merit, making it likely that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director will take the easy step of denouncing the claims altogether. He alleged in a March 4 tweet that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped, a claim denied by Obama administration officials.

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