Senate Intelligence Chairmen Reject Trump Wiretapping Claims

GOP senator: Trump owes explanation for wiretap claims

Hours before the hearing, Trump tweeted that former Director of National Intelligence "James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus (president of the United States) colluded with Russian Federation", and said Democrats were pushing the inquiry because the party's election losses.

Comey is set to testify at a rare public hearing on Monday about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Nunes and Schiff were among a number of lawmakers who said on Sunday's news shows they had seen no evidence that the Obama administration ordered wiretaps on Trump during the campaign.

The maelstrom also caused tension with key USA allies and threatens to distract Republicans from campaign promises on health care and taxes.

Last week, the leaders of of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Mark Warner, said in a joint statement, "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016".

'I do believe he owes us that explanation'.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, declined to comment Friday evening.

The Justice Department on Friday delivered documents to congressional committees to help clear up whether the Obama administration spied on Trump. "Like many other things, this will also blow over", said John Feehery, Republican strategist.

"There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception", Mr Schiff said.

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

The president's statements are likely to be featured again March 20, when Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey's and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers appear before Nunes's committee.

Trump and aides have also denied any connection to Russians who sought to hack Democratic officials during last year's election and said opponents are leaking derogatory information against them as part of a "witch hunt" to undermine the presidency. The U.S. government later concluded that the Russian government directed the DNC hack in an attempt to influence the outcome of November's presidential election.

It is the strongest assertion yet from Republican Devin Nunes, whose House Intelligence Committee is holding a public session on Monday to hear evidence on whether Russian Federation tried to help the Trump election campaign.

'We know that the Russians were trying to get involved in our campaign, like they have for many decades. "They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe".

USA investigators say that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking into the computers at the Democratic National Committee.

The bottom line is that almost 23 congressional districts having Republican sittings, yet Hillary Clinton won those districts, said Brad Bannon, the Democratic Strategist.

"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?"

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