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Rep. Schiff previews FBI director's House hearing on Russia probe

Rep. Schiff previews FBI director's House hearing on Russia probe

Republicans say there is no proof of collusion, and they are ready to move on from Mr. Trump's unsubstantiated claims about wiretapping.

Separately, the committee's top Democrat, Florida Rep. Adam Schiff, recited allegations from former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele regarding Trump campaign communications with Russian Federation.

Rogers's response: "I have seen nothing on the NSA side that we have engaged in such activity, nor that anyone ever asked us to engage in such activity".

"We have no information to support those tweets ..."

"We do know this: The months of July and August 2016 appear to have been pivotal", Schiff said.

Comey is also expected to discuss Trump's accusation, which he has failed to back up with any evidence, that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama's administration. He said that "no individual can order surveillance of an American", and it's something that courts approve "after a rigorous application process".

"I will tell you this, Russia: If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing", Trump, the then-Republican nominee, said at a news conference in Florida.

In his question to Comey and Rogers, Nunes asked whether there was any evidence that the results in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and OH were impacted by Russian Federation.

The House and Senate intelligence committees have jurisdiction over the United State's 17 intelligence agencies. He said that the hack into the Democratic National Committee was used "to help Donald Trump and harm Hillary Clinton". As to what "classified" information Donald is talking about, he didn't say.

Today in a hearing with the House Select Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his agency is in fact investigating ties between Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential election and the Trump campaign. In fact, the FBI doesn't normally confirm the existence of an ongoing investigation.

The extraordinary revelation, and the first public confirmation of an investigation that began last summer, came at the outset of Comey's opening statement in a congressional hearing examining Russian meddling and possible connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

He said the investigation could lead to charges.

The Justice Department's disclosure Friday that it had complied with congressional demands for information regarding Trump's wiretapping tweets could allow Comey to avoid questioning by simply saying that the lawmakers already have the information they requested.

Mike Rogers, is also scheduled to testify.

Schiff says Democrats on the committee will be focused in part on whether Americans helped Russian Federation with its hacking of Democratic groups and individuals.

He added that "we know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower" - but held that it's "possible" there were other forms of surveillance. "There's no evidence of collusion". "Because it's classified, I cannot say more about who we are investigating". Last week, Press Secretary Sean Spicer stood at the lectern in the Brady Room and cited a Fox News segment in which legal commentator Andrew Napolitano said that he had heard from a source that British intelligence had spied on Trump at Obama's behest.

Another tweet charged that Democrats "made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a awful campaign". "Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!"

"James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russian Federation".

Mr Trump tweeted: "The real story that Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information".

Comey has been invited to testify, along with the director of the National Security Agency, Michael Rogers.

Additionally, Comey once again confirmed that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election with the specific goal of helping Trump become president, and both Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers refused to deny that there was no evidence found of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"The fact that Russian Federation hacked USA election-related databases comes as no shock to this committee".


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