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President Trump should welcome FBI investigation

President Trump should welcome FBI investigation

Comey noted that the investigation had begun last July, though he declined to name any individuals under scrutiny. Members of the Trump administration, including attorney general Jeff Sessions, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have also faced controversy for ties to Russian officials. And it really should be enough to make our heads explode, even if Trump didn't collude with them. " On Fox News itself, pundit Noah Rothman suggested that Democrats would be "disappointed" if Comey failed to produce a "smoking gun indicating that Moscow was working on behalf of the Trump campaign", warning that they might not take the director at his word".

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey said last night there is no evidence to support United States President Donald Trump's allegations that the Obama administration "wiretapped" Trump Tower previous year, moments after confirming the bureau is probing potential ties between Mr Trump's associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign. Fox News wrote, "Comey used his appearance to effectively knock down a series of allegations Trump tweeted earlier this month about supposed wiretapping conducted against him by his predecessor".

"[There are] people in there who are leaking out very, very classified top secret information, most of which was false in the way it was leaked out. Must find leaker now!"

Over the past few weeks the White House shifted to claiming that a British intelligence agency was surveilling Trump Tower on Obama's orders - another claim devoid of evidence that has also been strongly rebutted at the highest levels.

Trump's propensity for deflection won't be successful now.

TRUMP tweet: "FBI Director Comey: fmr".

ROGERS: "Likewise, I'm not going to comment on an ongoing investigation's conclusions".

Additionally, Comey shot down the president's conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election. Director James Comey confirmed Monday that the FBI is investigating this question, which means the agency has at least some incriminating evidence.

What no one yet knows is when the investigation might conclude, or whether any of Trump's associates engaged in wrongdoing - criminal or otherwise.

"We offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it's not something we looked at", he said "It certainly wasn't our intention to say that today because we don't have any information on that subject".

James Comey says the Russians are trying to undermine faith in our elections.

A few days after saying Clinton's emails were being investigated, the FBI cleared her of doing anything unethical. But any possible damage to Clinton's campaign couldn't be undone.

Comey's statement and the report's key judgement contradict major media reports that Putin's primary aim was to help the Trump campaign, and discount the role of Putin's feelings regarding Clinton. Spicer is correct, but the public needs to know if there is anything to the allegations.

The House committee is one of at least five congressional committees looking into alleged Russian meddling and influence efforts during the 2016 election.

The chairman and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee have previously said there is no evidence substantiating Trump's claims.

The Republicans, in general, focused instead on the leaking of classified information to the media - noting that there may or may not have been crimes committed through collusion with Russian Federation, but have apparently been crimes in the "felonious release of classified material", as Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) put it.

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