US Lawmaker: 'No Evidence Of Collusion' Between Trump Campaign, Russia
". there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia", Trump tweeted at 6:35 Monday morning.
Appearing before the House Intelligence Committee alongside National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, both men confirmed for the first time publicly that the FBI is investigating Russia's involvement with the 2016 presidential election and President TrumPutin's and his associates' connections to Russian Federation.
Russian Federation has denied involvement in the hacks, and Trump has denounced the tumult over the Russian Federation connections as a "total witch hunt".
Comey will appear before the House Intelligence Committee at a hearing probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election campaign.
The directors only testified that Russian Federation didn't change tallied votes in swing states, not that Russian Federation didn't have some influence on the "electoral process".
Mr Comey told the congressional hearing that the probe "includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government".
Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat and ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said in his lengthy opening statement that Trump's wiretapping allegation against Obama is "slanderous".
National Security Agency head Michael Rogers also testified.
Comey and Rogers replied that they had offered no opinion as to the effectiveness of the Russian campaign when they said that there was no evidence of tampering with the actual vote-counting in the swing states. How are we investigating them and how do we prevent them in the future?
Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was sacked last month after he failed to disclose his contacts with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office on January 20.
Mr Flynn was sacked last month after he misled the White House about his conversations with the Moscow diplomat, allegedly regarding USA sanctions.
He allegedly discussed USA sanctions with ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
Admiral Rogers added that he had "raised this directly with my own workforce over the course of the last few months to remind everyone that part of the ethics of our profession, not just a legal requirement, as intelligence professionals is that we do not engage in this activity".
Meanwhile, Mr Sessions was accused by Democrats of lying under oath during his confirmation hearing in January. If the Federal Bureau of Investigation finds that Trump or his team colluded with the Russians to cheat on the 2016 election, then that is clearly grounds for impeachment, and America may not have to suffer through four years of this nightmare after all.
The Russian government has repeatedly denied interfering in the presidential campaign. Mr Trump is adamant that none exists.
In sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said there was no evidence to Trump's claims that Barack Obama wiretapped him and Trump Tower, as the current president alleged in a series of tweets earlier this month.
He said that there is "circumstantial evidence" of collusion. Mr Obama's spokesman dismissed the claims. Trump aide Omarosa Manigault said Monday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.
What impact have these claims had?
In an immediate response, the Trump administration insisted that "nothing has changed".
During the campaign, Trump publicly urged Russian Federation to help turn up Clinton's emails.
Last week, Mr Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer repeated claims by a Fox News analyst that the UK's GCHQ spy agency had helped Mr Obama wiretap Mr Trump.
The charge riled the British government and GCHQ, a close ally of U.S. spy agencies, sharply rejected it as "utterly ridiculous".