House Intelligence chairman: 'No evidence of collusion' between Trump camp, Russian Federation

David Sarasohn

The Department of Justice said Friday it turned over information congressional committees sought on President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him ahead of the 2016 election.

"That we know", he said.

Nunes says the committee still had not received information it requested from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency about whether information collected on USA persons was mishandled and leaked to the public.

FILE- Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (left) talks with National Security Agency and Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael Rogers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 5, 2017, before testifying before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Trump and his entourage's possible ties with the Russian Federation of President Vladimir Putin have been the subject of much speculation since before he was elected on November 8.

"There was no FISA warrant that I'm aware of to tap Trump Tower, that's correct", Nunes said.

Monday's hearing was also expected to address a second explosive issue: Trump's unsubstantiated accusations that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone at Trump Tower in NY during the campaign.

Schiff's remarks are at odds with the statements of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who said two weeks ago that he had not seen any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, said Comey would be asked about wiretap evidence at a rare public hearing next Monday.

Investigations by the House and Senate intelligence committees and other congressional panels, including the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Government Oversight Committee, are dealing with a wide range of issues.

The U.S. intelligence community has already concluded Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential race - in which computer emails from the Democratic National Committee and related to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were stolen and made public.

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Trump made the claim on Twitter on March 4 without providing evidence, and representatives of former Democratic President Barack Obama have denied it.

On Thursday, both leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee publicly said they had not seen proof of Trump's charge. During that time, he has been a hero to Democrats, a villain to Republicans, a villain to Democrats, a hero to Republicans.

Identities of Americans who show up in USA surveillance against foreign targets are generally concealed, but can be unmasked by intelligence agencies in certain circumstances.

The panel's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, told NBC's Meet The Press that Trump's wiretapping claims are "patently false, and the wrecking ball it created now has banged into" USA allies, including Germany and Great Britain in recent days.

The wiretapping issue mushroomed last month, when Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed he had misled top officials over his contacts with Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, the White House has not backed down on Trump's surveillance claims.

"I am concerned that this hearing will not be quite as instructive as a lot of us and a lot of Americans would want because so much of the information lives in a classified world", Himes said.

"I'll give you a very simple answer: no", he said Sunday on Fox News.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled its first public hearing on the Russian Federation question for March 30, and Sen.

The issue led to an awkward moment on Friday at a joint press conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel when Trump was asked about the wiretap claims by a German reporter. "We do know that the Obama administration targeted their political enemies.so the notion is not necessarily outlandish, but it's serious", he said.

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