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Comey confirms Federal Bureau of Investigation probing alleged Russian interference in USA vote

20 March 2017, 08:58 | Darnell Patrick

Comey confirms Federal Bureau of Investigation probing alleged Russian interference in USA vote

FBI director: 'No information' to support Trump wiretapping claims

"But, in unusual circumstances, it may be appropriate to do so".

"I'll give you a very simple answer: No", he said. The same was true, he added, of the Justice Department.

Nunes had opened the hearing by denying Trump's wiretapping claim but did not rule out other surveillance methods.

FBI Director James Comey's opening statement during today's House Intelligence Committee hearing was extraordinary, confirming far more than anyone had expected. He was accused by Democrats of lying under oath when he testified at a January confirmation hearing that he had "no communications with the Russians" before it emerged that he had met Moscow's ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during the campaign. Schiff said. "Yes, it is possible, but is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected, and not unrelated".

Comey said his agency carefully examined Federal Bureau of Investigation actions and found nothing supporting Trump's assertions. "Must find leaker now!" he tweeted.

But despite Schiff's view - which is shared by many Democrats - Trump tweeted Monday that Congress should drop the Russian Federation probe and focus on who has been leaking classified and politically damaging stories about his administration.

Schiff laid out details from the series of memos authored by a former Western intelligence operative detailing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow would not expel United States diplomats from Russia in response to "unfriendly actions by the outgoing U.S. administration".

At the same hearing, the Republican chairman of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee (HIC) flatly denied that there had been a wiretap on Trump Tower in NY, but said it was possible other surveillance was used against Mr Trump.

But the panel's ranking Democrat says the material offers circumstantial evidence that American citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow's efforts to interfere in the presidential election.

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 take them at their word". "They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe", he said on "Fox News Sunday".

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) kicked off the hearing saying that Russian interference in the election "comes as no shock to this committee" but remains "deeply troubling".

The response amounted to Trump's first direct public response to Comey's testimony, in which he also confirmed the Department of Justice was looking into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian government.



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