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Comey confirms Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian Federation interference

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday morning before a congressional panel that the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation were under investigation, but he knocked down the president's claims about wiretapping.

Donald Trump had made several explosive claims on Twitter earlier this month in which he accused then president Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones last October likening it to the Watergate scandal.

But as for the denial by James Clapper, the Obama administration's director of national intelligence, that any evidence supports claims of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, Schiff was less convinced.

Comey, who prefaced his announcement by saying it's bureau practice not to "confirm the existence of ongoing investigations", particularly those that involve classified information, said this was an "unusual circumstance" in which it was in the public interest to do so. Comey also said that the Department of Justice and all of its components similarly had no information to support Trump's claims.

A senior US lawmaker says he has seen "no evidence" of collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign.

But he told the committee because it was an ongoing investigation and was classified, he could not say more about whose conduct they were examining.

"The FBI director has now confirmed what members from both parties in both the House and the Senate have said: "President Obama did not order a wiretap on Trump Tower".

Schiff referred to President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who misled administration officials about a phone call he had with the Russian ambassador to the USA regarding US sanctions against Russia.

"I think there's continuing to be a very, very literal interpretation of his tweet, which is whether or not there was wiretapping", Spicer said.

Rogers and Comey never said this - not in the video clip Trump shared, nor at any point in the five-hour hearing.

"That's something they don't want to hear in the White House", he said.

Two senior officials in the Trump administration have been caught up in the allegations - former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.

"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?"

Trump also said there is no evidence to suggest he worked with Russian Federation.

Rep. Adam Schiff said Monday that in addition to the existence of "circumstantial evidence" of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, there's direct evidence of "deception".

Comey said there is no timetable for when the investigation on possible Russian influence on the election will be finished.

Trump countered, as you might expect, by blaming Democrats for the FBI investigation, and said what should be investigated are the leaks.

He added that "will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed".

Minutes later, Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the intelligence committee, responded.


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