Devin Nunes: 'No Evidence' So Far Trump Campaign Spoke With Russians

  • Devin Nunes: 'No Evidence' So Far Trump Campaign Spoke With Russians

Devin Nunes: 'No Evidence' So Far Trump Campaign Spoke With Russians

"We still have not seen any evidence" that the Trump campaign communicated with Russia, Rep. Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, told reporters on Monday.

The New York Times, citing anonymous USA officials, reported earlier this month that Trump campaign aides had "repeated" contacts with Russian intelligence, based on "phone records and intercepted calls".

Under normal circumstances, Nunes would be well positioned to speak authoritatively on the matter, but he compromised himself by agreeing to go on record with a reporter about the Russian Federation issue at the behest of the White House. "I haven't called Russian Federation in 10 years", President Donald Trump said.

Just because House reps are back in Washington and able to escape town hall protests during the congressional recess doesn't mean they are suddenly except from hearing the concerns of their constituents.

"The intelligence agencies have not provided me or the committee any information about those three Americans communicating with Russians", Nunes told reporters.

Add your name to the thousands who are demanding the Justice Department appoint a special counsel to investigate Trump's ties to Russian Federation. He added that USA intelligence services eavesdropping on the call amounted to "inadvertent collection", but was "very interested" to find out who made the decision to publish Flynn's name.

Donald Trump once seemed to like government leaks, praising WikiLeaks during his campaign and inviting Russian Federation for president to find State Department-related emails missing from Hillary Clinton's private email server, NBC News reported.

Critics say that there are some differences between the election leaks and the leaks by the intelligence community. If passed, the "resolution of inquiry", would require the U.S. Department of Justice to hand over to Congress any intelligence on Trump's business ties or his campaign's contact with Russian Federation.

Now we have Republicans and Democrats calling for a real investigation into the Trump and Flynn Russian connection. "You guys all know that".

He said he's interested in evidence, but it doesn't appear the investigative agencies have it. That's one of the core issues that we're going to investigate.

Addressing reporters on Monday, Nunes echoed Trump administration tactics by pivoting from the substance of the investigation to instead focus on the nature of anonymous leaks to the media.

Earlier this month, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned following reports he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about his frequent contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition period before Trump's inauguration. "We'll follow the facts where they lead". Nunes said he had already made clear that he believed Flynn had done nothing wrong in previous on the record conversations with reporters.