Comey set to testify on Capitol Hill on Russian Federation, hacking, wiretapping

  • Comey set to testify on Capitol Hill on Russian Federation, hacking, wiretapping

Comey set to testify on Capitol Hill on Russian Federation, hacking, wiretapping

Appearing on NBC's Meet The Press, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said he sees "circumstantial evidence of collusion" between staffers in President Donald Trump's campaign staff and Russian nationals.

"There is no evidence that there was any wiretap, I'm not talking about President Obama doing it but his administration, no evidence of any wiretapping of Trump Tower?"

"I think it would be quite good for the administration to put forward what evidence there is", Cruz told CBS television.

"As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump told the German chancellor, referring to a WikiLeaks report in 2015 that the U.S. had monitored calls involving Merkel and her top aides for years. But there never was.

"We know a law has been broken and we need to get to the bottom of it", Nunes said on Fox News Sunday.

The question remains whether the agency has opened a criminal investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials. "There is circumstantial evidence of collusion", Schiff said.

The House committee will hold a second public hearing on March 28 with former US officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan.

He answered, "I'll give you a very simple answer. No". "It's continuing to grow in terms of damage, and he needs to put an end to this".

Since then, Trump has said he was speaking more generally about possible surveillance methods besides wiretaps.

But the White House is angry that statements by former senior intelligence officials in the Obama administration -- and by top congressional figures - that there is no evidence to substantiate the claims of alleged collusion with Russian Federation is not getting more coverage.

Graham says he's also waiting to hear from Comey whether a warrant was issued that would have allowed the Obama administration to tap Mr. Trump's phones during the campaign.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz - Trump's vanquished rival a year ago for the Republican presidential nomination - said the wiretapping charges are not entirely "outlandish" and should be investigated.

Regarding the influx of Marines and other service members into Syria, Cotton did not advocate for a specific policy, but said, "I don't think we ought to set arbitrary troop caps". Nunes also reiterated his concern about data collection involving former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and the leaks of information about Flynn's s with the Russian envoy during the campaign.

The apparent lack of evidence for Trump's claims is causing consternation among the President's Republican allies and Democrats alike, and speculation about how he will respond if Comey testifies that they are baseless.

The top Democrat on the intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, had a different perspective. But she says Trump does owe the American people an explanation. Will Hurd (R-Texas) told ABC's "This Week," when asked whether Trump should apologize. "I think it helps with our allies". I was the dude in the back alleys at 4 in the morning collecting intelligence to protect our homeland.

"It created a wedge, whether real or perceived, between the White House, the intelligence community and the American public", he said.