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

Schiff: 'Circumstantial Evidence of Collusion' Between Trump Camp, Russia

Schiff: 'Circumstantial Evidence of Collusion' Between Trump Camp, Russia

"We need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more", Representative Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Lawmakers from both parties who sit on the panel also reported there was no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claims that Barack Obama wiretapped him during and lead up to the election.

The committee's chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), also said there was no proof of Trump's allegation, if taken literally. But there never was.

When pressed again on whether he believes there are people inside these intelligence communities leaking information, Nunes said he doesn't "think so anymore".

Nunes, on the other hand, was categorical that the committee had yet to see any evidence that the Trump campaign worked with Russian officials.

"For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russian Federation poses", committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said.

Representative Devin Nunes of California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Democrat Schiff demanded last week that the FBI, NSA and CIA turn over the names of any USA citizens who may have been "unmasked" by surveillance eavesdropping.

She answered yes and said she hopes that he's successful. "And he needs to put an end to this".

But the question of whether Trump Tower was bugged - an accusation first lodged by the president on Twitter - nevertheless has risen to the top of Washington's political agenda, becoming something of a national obsession even as a growing number of lawmakers and top United States officials assert there is no evidence of any such claim. "I would characterize it this way at the outset of the investigation: There is circumstantial evidence of collusion".

Monday's much-anticipated hearing will feature testimony from Comey as well as Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency. "I don't know the basis for President Trump's assertion, and that's what I wish he would explain to us on the intelligence committee, and to the American people".

Trump fired his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, last month after he failed to disclose contacts with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office on January 20.

The apparent lack of evidence for Trump's claims is causing consternation among the President's Republican allies and Democrats alike, and speculation about how he will respond if Comey testifies that they are baseless.

The controversy over the wiretapping claims was unleashed by stunning early morning tweets from the President at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida two weeks ago.

Republican Rep. Tom Cole told reporters Friday that Trump should say sorry to Obama if he couldn't support his claims.

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. "I think it helps with our allies".

The bill, plus fixes to regulations and follow-up legislation, will give every American "access to the kind of coverage they want" and fulfill promises made by Trump during the campaign, Price said.

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