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FBI Director James Comey has 'no information' to support Trump's wiretap claims

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Cris De Lacerda | 20 Marcha, 2017, 23:51

James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will break his silence at a rare public hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday into Russia-linked meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Speaking during a congressional hearing, James Comey also took the rare step of confirming that his agency was investigating whether the Trump election campaign had coordinated with Russian Federation over a computer hacking campaign created to hobble his rival Hillary Clinton.

The director said he wouldn't give any more details because of the ongoing investigation.

The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, along with both US and British officials, have previously said they know of no evidence to support the claim.

The New York Times and other news organizations have reported the existence of the investigation into the Trump campaign and its relationship with Russian Federation, but the White House dismissed those reports as politically motivated and rallied political allies to rebut them.

In an unusual move, Comey said he was willing to confirm the ongoing investigation in light of extreme public interest. "It sounds like what the president said has already been proven to be true".

Cavuto said that surveilling Flynn is one thing, but he pressed Paul if Trump himself was tapped. Trump is returning from a trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.

He appeared alongside Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, who likewise declined to get into specifics though he said his intelligence collection efforts show Russian Federation is trying to interfere with US operations.

The agencies also said the hackers released embarrassing messages with the goal of helping Republican candidate Trump defeat his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump also tweeted, "The real story that Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information". "Must find leaker now!" This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"he tweeted earlier this month".

The Republicans, for their part, are likely to deflect attention from Mr. Trump by pushing for information on the leaks of intelligence information to USA media that brought to light contacts between Mr. Trump's circle and Russian officials.

Members of both parties have threatened to subpoena administration officials or delay confirmation hearings for Trump's nominees until their requests for information are answered.

Speaking at an open hearing of the congressional Intelligence Committee Mr Comey also disputed claims made by Mr Trump accusing former president Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump tower in the lead up the election.

Based on "everything I have up to this morning - no evidence of collusion", Nunes told Fox News. He declined to speculate on how long it would take to conduct the investigation, but suggested that it wasn't nearing completion.

Mr Nunes said: "For the first time, the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russian Federation poses". "We will never know whether the Russian intervention was determinative in such a close election. They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe".

The list now includes Comey, as well as NSA Director Mike Rogers - as well as the bipartisan leaders of both the House and the Senate, as well as both chambers' intelligence panels.