Lawmakers offer clashing opinions on Russian Federation question

Angie Massey
March 20, 2017

The head of a U.S. congressional panel investigating allegations of Russian interference with the nation's election says there is no evidence of such accusations.

Nunes' committee is investigating alleged Russian interference in the presidential election, as well as leaks from the intelligence community.

Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that the Justice Department had "fully complied" with the panel's request for any materials related to Trump's wiretapping claim.

When asked if there was any evidence backing up Trump's claim, Cotton said: "Not that I've seen, and not that I'm aware of", on CNN's "State of the Union".

FBI Director James Comey is expected to be asked about Mr Trump's claims when he testifies the public hearing.

The leaders of the House intelligence committee wrote the three agencies earlier this week, asking for details about Americans who surfaced in intelligence collections between June 2016 and January.

Trump fired Flynn from the post of his former national security adviser last month after he failed to disclose that he met Russia's ambassador before Trump took charge on January 20. 'It's not just sorry to the president, but also to the United Kingdom for the claims or the intimation that the United Kingdom was involved in this, as well'.

"The perpetrator was Russia, and there are serious questions about ties" between Trump associates and Russian officials, he said.

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"On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire", Morell said.

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Russia's attempted interference in US politics continues to succeed "because it created a wedge, whether real or perceived, between the White House, the intelligence community and the American public", said Representative Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas and a former CIA officer, on ABC's "This Week".

"I was surprised to see Director Clapper say that because I don't think you can make that claim as categorically as he did", Schiff said.

"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 USA had monitored calls involving Merkel and her top aides for years. So I think fleshing out why this ought to matter to Americans.

Critics say it has also debased the already-coarse tone of political debate in Washington and eroded the president's credibility at home and overseas.

"On wiretapping by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump said to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation tried to help Trump by hacking leading Democrats. While Trump used the term "wiretapping", he and his aides say that now refers to "surveillance" in general. Both the House and Senate intelligence committees are probing those matters, as well as Trump's wiretapping allegations.

Meanwhile, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, told NBC News today "there is circumstantial evidence of collusion" and "direct evidence I think of deception".

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. He said that there is "circumstantial evidence" of collusion.

The frequency and the level of those contacts raised alarms in USA intelligence and law enforcement circles. "Now I don't want to prejudge where we ultimately end up". "And that's why, as we go through this review and investigation, it has to be bipartisan".

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