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For FBI head James Comey, political hot seat awaits

For FBI head James Comey, political hot seat awaits”

Meanwhile, President Trump attempted to shift the focus of the lengthy committee hearing onto Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's refusal to say whether he briefed President Barack Obama on Mr Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

Comey also stated categorically that there was no evidence to support the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower, speculation Trump himself had stated as fact in a moment of Breitbart-induced delirium earlier this month.

Comey: "It certainly wasn't our intention to say that today because we don't have any information on that subject, and that's not something that was looked at".

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

Comey also publicly confirmed for the first time that his agency is investigating alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign and whether any crimes may have been committed during last year's election campaign.

But he added, in opening comments to a House Intelligence Committee hearing looking at the matter, that "because it is an open ongoing investigation and is classified, I can not say more".

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers will testify on-the-record under oath starting at 9 a.m.

Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating whether Trump was under surveillance before he became president. I've been saying this for several weeks: "We know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower", Nunes said at the hearing.

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The suggestion "clearly frustrates a key ally of ours", he said. He also provided some insight on why the Russians were so supportive of Trump during the election, by way of an odd Patriots metaphor. "We have been closely monitoring Russia's aggressions for years", Nunes said.

News stories based on anonymous sources revealed that Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions each spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign.

United States intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation tried to help Trump by hacking leading Democrats' emails. "President Trump owes the American people and President Obama more than just an explanation, but an apology".

Moreover, Rogers also added that he had seen no evidence that anyone else in the NSA or the Obama administration had made such a request.

But the hearing could become heated as Republicans balance support for their party's leaders and Democrats vent frustration over Republican congressional leaders' refusal to appoint a special prosecutor or select committee to investigate.

But he said he has been authorised by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.



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