Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Congressman Adam Schiff on President Trump, Russia and wiretapping

Congressman Adam Schiff on President Trump, Russia and wiretapping

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Susan Collins of ME also said they had seen no evidence to support claims that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower.

A wiretap would require a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, but Nunes told Fox News Sunday there's still no evidence of a FISA warrant for surveillance of Trump Tower. Rep. Tom Cole told reporters on Friday that "President Obama is owed an apology" unless Trump can put forward some convincing evidence of his wiretapping claims.

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.

FBI Director James Comey is set to testify Monday before a House committee investigating Russian activities during the 2016 presidential election, amid expectations he'll provide long-awaited answers and evidence on that issue and whether President Trump was indeed wiretapped.

Nunes added that he's also seen "no evidence of collusion" between members of Trump's campaign and Moscow - which had been the original intent of the investigation - although Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) disputed that notion, saying on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he felt "there was circumstantial evidence of collusion".

Russian Federation denies attempting to influence the election.

Still, the shifting explanations of meetings past year between Trump aides, among them Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Russians, including Moscow's ambassador to the United States, the fact that the first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had to resign after not being forthright about such contacts, and the President's own praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin, have kept the speculation alive.

Critics say it has also debased the already-coarse tone of political debate in Washington and eroded the president's credibility at home and overseas.

The White House doubled down on the wiretapping claims last week.

"To quote my 85-year-old father, it never hurts to say you're sorry", said Rep.

"We need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more", said Schiff, of California.

FBI Director James Comey is expected to be asked about Mr Trump's claims when he testifies the public hearing. "And he needs to put an end to this".

Nunes said he has seen "no evidence of collusion", reports.

"There's no evidence of collusion", he said.

In a Fox News Channel interview on Thursday, Trump said, "I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks". "And, I would say, including the political people, because some political people knew about this as well".

"I do think it's important that we look at the broader context here", Arkansas Sen.

Several congressional panels have launched investigations into Russia's alleged interference, including the House and Senate intelligence committees, which have jurisdiction over the nation's 17 intelligence agencies, and the House and Senate judiciary committees. "And I do believe he owes us that explanation", she said on NBC.

Trump has since said that he was referring more generally to "surveillance", not necessarily bugging of phones, and his aides have echoed that changing rationale.

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