House Intelligence panel receives documents on wiretapping

David Sarasohn

David Sarasohn

There is no evidence of collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, US House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday.

Mr. Trump has asked the congressional committees to investigate his explosive claims that President Obama wiretapped his NY skyscraper during the election.

"Frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think that President Obama is owed an apology in that regard". "There is direct evidence, I think, of deception and that's where we begin the investigation".

Rep. Nunes was a Trump campaign official, so of course, he is going to say that there is no evidence of collusion.

Nunes said Sunday that, based on his briefing with the Department of Justice, "there never" were physical wiretaps of Trump Tower, adding that a classified report from the department on Friday bolstered his belief that Trump was "literally" wrong.

"There was no FISA warrant that I'm aware of to tap Trump Tower", Nunes said on "Fox News Sunday" of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

But Schiff said there was "circumstantial evidence of collusion" at the outset of the congressional investigations into purported Russian election meddling, as well as "direct evidence" that Trump campaign figures sought to deceive the public about their interactions with Russian figures.

Nunes has said that the intelligence committee probe focuses in part on who revealed that Flynn had unreported private contacts with the Russians over the sanctions issue.

The Justice Department missed a Monday deadline to provide evidence to the House committee and.

"If we're serious about reducing health care costs, the last thing we should be doing is cutting money for biomedical research", she said.

"The wrecking ball it created now has banged into our British allies and our German allies, it's continuing to grow in terms of damage, and he needs to put an end to this", Schiff said on NBC.

"To date, I've seen no evidence that supports that President Trump made that his predecessor had wiretapped he and his associates at Trump Tower".

But the White House is angry that statements by former senior intelligence officials in the Obama administration -- and by top congressional figures - that there is no evidence to substantiate the claims of alleged collusion with Russian Federation is not getting more coverage.

Comey's public testimony comes after Sens.

"We said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind [Fox News commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano], who was the one responsible for saying that on television". Collins encouraged Trump to turn whatever evidence he has of the surveillance over to the congressional intelligence panels looking into the matter.

With the national debate consumed by talk over Trump's wiretapping claim, one U.S. lawmaker said the president might be well advised to follow the sage parental counsel he received years ago.

"And I do believe he owes us that explanation".

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

But Price said the letter and analysis did not recognize follow-up steps: "This is not the plan". And that's what I wish he would explain to us on the Intelligence Committee and to the American people.

Comey may need to be most limited in his comments on collusion because of the nature of ongoing investigations, Schiff said. Nunes also reiterated his concern about data collection involving former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and the leaks of information about Flynn's s with the Russian envoy during the campaign.

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