US, Russia inquiry lands _ at last _ at Hill public hearing

House Intelligence chairman 'No evidence of collusion' between Trump camp Russia

House Intelligence chairman 'No evidence of collusion' between Trump camp Russia

Comey also said during Monday's hearing that DOJ has found "no information" supporting Trump's claim former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCoons slams Spicer for "mischaracterizing" remarks on Trump-Russia collusion Scarborough: Today is "the worst day" of Trump presidency Federal Bureau of Investigation director: "No information" to support Trump wiretapping claims MORE wiretapped him.

James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will break his silence at a rare public hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday into Russia-linked meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Asked whether the claim was correct, Comey noted that a president would not have the authority to demand a wiretap and added, "I have no information that supports those tweets".

Meanwhile, Comey also confirmed - for the first time - that the FBI is investigating potential links between Russian intelligence and Trump's presidential campaign.

Comey also testified that the FBI is probing those possible connections as part of a wider investigation into Russian efforts to help Trump (pictured) win the 2016 presidential election.

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Russian Federation denies attempting to influence the U.S. presidential election.

But he added, in opening comments to a House Intelligence Committee hearing looking at the matter, that "because it is an open ongoing investigation and is classified, I can not say more".

National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, who also testified Monday, said the agency stands by the intelligence community's earlier report on Russian meddling and its level of confidence in the findings has not changed.

One of the first orders of business for Democrats will probably be to press Mr. Comey to put to rest the claim, peddled by Mr. Trump, that his predecessor wiretapped his campaign offices.

"I can't answer that", he said, citing constraints against discussing classified information. "Much higher ratings at Fox", Trump said.

We reached out to the White House for comment but didn't hear back.

Before the hearing, Trump said in a series of Tweets on his personal tweets that, "The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a awful campaign".

Mr Trump also suggested, without evidence, that Mrs Clinton's campaign was in contact with Russian Federation and had possibly thwarted a federal investigation.

He said the most important question to ask is "was there collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians?" His appearances on Capitol Hill since then have occurred in classified settings, often with small groups of lawmakers, and he has made no public statements connected to the Trump campaign or Russian Federation.

At a press briefing Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and the campaign is different than actual proof.

Barack Obama was accused of wiretapping Trump.

The House and Senate intelligence committees have jurisdiction over the United State's 17 intelligence agencies.

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