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James Comey: 'No evidence' to back Trump's claims about Obama wiretap

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Eleena Tovar | 21 Marcha, 2017, 00:51

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday morning before a congressional panel that the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation were under investigation, but he knocked down the president's claims about wiretapping.

"Investigating it and having proof of it are two different things", Mr Spicer said of the FBI investigation into possible links with Russian Federation. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told Fox News Sunday that he has seen no evidence of wiretapping Trump Tower and said he is leaving it to committees to investigate.

"I have no information to support those tweets", Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee.

Comey pointed out that all and any surveillance of that type has to be ordered by a judge, not by any one individual.

To Comey, there's nothing particularly damning about saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into potential Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

The National Security Agency director, Michael Rogers, also denied Trump's claims during the hearing.

That suggestion has roiled historically close ties between Washington and London, with British officials calling it absurd, and the usually taciturn GCHQ issuing an extraordinary statement to refute the allegation.

"I have raised this directly with my own workforce over the course of the last few months to remind everyone part of the ethics of the profession and not just the legal requirement but the ethics of our profession as intelligence professionals that we do not engage in this activity", Rogers said.

Devin Nunes, R-Calif., center, flanked by the committee's ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, during the committee's hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Trump and his advisers have contended in recent weeks that his claims of wiretapping were intended to mean surveillance of the Trump campaign in general but the White House has not provided evidence of surveillance of any kind. Russian Federation denies the allegations.

Joining Nunes, the Ranking Member Congressman Adam Schiff said last summer at the height of a bitterly contested and hugely consequential presidential campaign, Russia, a foreign adversarial power, intervened in an effort to weaken U.S. democracy and to influence the outcome for one candidate and against the other.

"Must find leaker now!" he wrote in one tweet from his personal account.

Russian Federation denies it attempted to influence the November 8 presidential election.

Trump campaign's alleged links with Russian President Vladimir Putin have been the subject of intense debate and even more of speculation since his election. That echoed House Intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes and the Justice Department's findings.

Republicans, meanwhile, have sought to broaden the focus of attention to include leaks of classified information to US media.

James Comey's formal confirmation of the probe on Monday follows months of news reports quoting anonymous government officials discussing the FBI-led, multi-agency probe into communications between Trump allies and Moscow in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

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". The FBI, reportedly, also considered opening a criminal investigation into the Trump camp, based on unfounded concerns that the staffers, and Trump himself, had questionable business dealings with Russian financial institutions. Coming in the midst of a heated election campaign, Comey's statement about the Clinton aide's computer was criticized by some as political interference.

Comey and Rogers replied that they had offered no opinion as to the effectiveness of the Russian campaign when they said that there was no evidence of tampering with the actual vote-counting in the swing states.

"I have no information that supports those tweets", Comey said.