Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Comey: No evidence that Obama tapped Trump

First, FBI director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that there was no evidence to back up Trump's Twitter claims that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.

The probe is part of the FBI's counter-intelligence mission and is investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian Government, Mr Comey said.

If you made a bet on sports somehow making its way into Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearings with Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, you probably would have won a large sum of money.

"I have no information that supports those tweets", Comey said this morning.

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.

Trump has alleged that Obama had ordered wiretapping of the Trump Tower in the run up to the November 8 presidential election. It will be the first time that the two will speak publically about their investigations into the possible links between Russian Federation and US President Donald Trump's campaign.

Adm. Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, also disputed Trump's "utterly ridiculous" claims that Great Britain had conducted surveillance against on Obama's orders.

Echoing the White House, committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., closed Monday's hearing by saying they also "don't have any evidence" of collusion between Trump and Russian Federation officials.

They will also address Mr Trump's unsubstantiated claim that he was wiretapped by predecessor Barack Obama. Trump alleged earlier Monday that Democrats "made up and pushed the Russian Federation story" to cover up the presidential election loss and argued that finding people who leaked information about his associates is "the real story".

"There's an assumption that, because there's an investigation, it must be about something", said Mr. Spicer.

Trump's tweet seemed to differ with what Comey said.

Comey did not comment on further details of the investigation.

"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?"

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, said it's important to determine the extent of Russia's involvements and whether they were aided by US citizens, "including people associated with the Trump campaign". At the very least, it means Mr. Trump will not soon escape from under the cloud of suspicion hovering over him and his campaign team.

The tweet referred to Rep. Trey Gowdy's grilling of Comey at the House Intelligence Committee about who could have leaked classified documents about phone calls former national security adviser Michael Flynn made to the Russian ambassador.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled a similar hearing for later in the month.

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