FBI Dir. Comey testifies at hearing on Russia and wiretapping

Angie Massey
March 20, 2017

While the FBI has briefed some Congressional leaders and committee members in detail about the investigation, Comey stressed that he would not go into detail about what he shared during those discussions during the televised committee hearings.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Republican senator, recused himself from investigating the Russia meddling allegations after it was revealed that he did not answer accurately during his confirmation hearing when asked about his contacts with Russian officials during the election.

Rogers also confirmed that President Obama did not ask the British intelligence community to conduct electronic surveillance on Trump.

"Jake Clapper [former Director of National Intelligence] and others stated that there is no evidence Potus (sic) colluded with Russia", Trump tweeted on March 20.

But Adam Schiff, the Democratic vice chair of the committee, detailed a list of alleged links and communications between the Trump team and Russian Federation.

The Senate's top Democrat says that President Donald Trump "severely damaged his credibility" with Twitter postings claiming that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretaps of him.

Later in the morning, he focused on Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump tweets ahead of Comey hearing: Dems pushing "Russia story" Ryan-aligned group pressures vulnerable Republicans to support healthcare bill Week ahead: Lawmakers to press Comey on Russian hacking, Trump "wiretap" claims MORE's campaign.

However, Mr Schiff said the material offers circumstantial evidence that U.S. citizens collaborated with Russians to influence the vote. He said that "no individual can order surveillance of an American", and it's something that courts approve "after a rigorous application process".

"This work is very complex, and there is no way for me to give you a timetable for when it will be done". The NSA also said that it has no evidence to support those claims.

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Russian Federation denies it attempted to influence the November 8 Presidential election. Comey privately told lawmakers last week that there was no basis to the charge.

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Mr Rogers said that his agency is working to provide congress with the material it needs to investigate the intelligence agencies' findings.

Comey is testifying before Congress. The investigation has been ongoing since July.

The officials said they did not have such evidence, though they stopped far short of saying that Russian Federation did not influence the electoral process.

House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speak with the media about the ongoing Russian Federation investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. March 15, 2017. Rep. Trey "Benghazi" Gowdy (R-SC) aggressively questioned Comey about "the felonious dissemination of classified material"-apparently not too interested in any actual disturbing revelations about Trump's former national security advisor-and attempted to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to agree that journalists should be punished for publishing information from classified reports".

National Security Agency head Michael Rogers also testified. He's refused to back down from his assertion that Obama wiretapped his New York City skyscraper during the campaign, despite there being no evidence.

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) kicked off the hearing saying that Russian interference in the election "comes as no shock to this committee" but remains "deeply troubling". "There is direct evidence, I think, of deception, and that's where we begin the investigation".

He failed to tell the hearing or disclose on a questionnaire that he had met with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

Mr Comey added: "Putin hated secretary Clinton so much, that the flip side of that coin was favouring Trump". Mr Trump tweeted early on Monday as news coverage on the Russian Federation allegations dominated news bulletins.

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