Federal Bureau of Investigation director to testify on Russian Federation ties, alleged wiretap


Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Susan Collins of ME also said Sunday they had seen no evidence that the Obama administration had placed Trump under surveillance at Trump Tower, the Manhattan high-rise that houses Trump's residence, business office and campaign office.

The documents were delivered prior to a public hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, where FBI Director James Comey has been asked to clarify if the bureau is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election and alleged links between the Trump team and Russian officials.

The Justice Department missed a Monday deadline to provide evidence to the House committee and. "No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction", Nunes stressed.

"As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps", Trump said.

Comey will testify before the House Intelligence Committee at a hearing aimed at probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election campaign.

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. "I don't know the basis for President Trump's assertion, and that's what I wish he would explain to us on the intelligence committee, and to the American people".

Moscow has denied involvement in the hacks, and Trump has denounced the tumult over alleged Russian Federation connections as a "total witch hunt". "That is very possible, and we don't have the answers to those questions yet", he said.

Still, the shifting explanations of meetings past year between Trump aides, among them Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Russians, including Moscow's ambassador to the United States, the fact that the first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had to resign after not being forthright about such contacts, and the President's own praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin, have kept the speculation alive.

"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?"

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was also defiant Friday, telling reporters, "I don't think we regret anything". House Speaker Paul Ryan, as well as the chairmen and top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees, have said they have seen no evidence to back the claim.

"For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russian Federation poses", committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said. But Cruz said Trump still needs to put forward the facts. "The one crime we know that's been committed is that one, the leaking of someone's name", Nunes said.

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". "So when you hear these outlandish comments, what I keep thinking is that there's a real possibility that the president is undermining these relationships".

That is pretty much what the House Intelligence Committee came out with the day before.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Trump "owes" Congress, and the American people an "explanation" behind his claims. "And if there's an active criminal investigation, we need to allow law enforcement to do their job".

"We'll see what Director Comey testifies about", Cotton said.

Trump has since said that he was referring more generally to "surveillance", not necessarily bugging of phones, and his aides have echoed that changing rationale.