Trump denies he colluded with Russian Federation during the election

Adam Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. President Trump has continued to stand by the unsubstantiated claims, including while meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday. "Because it's classified, I cannot say more about who we are investigating". We are going to give you the tools to keep us safe, even if it infringes on privacy some.

The chairman of the House intelligence committee says there was no physical wiretap on Trump Tower, but it's possible that "other surveillance activities" were used against President Donald Trump and his associates.

A separate tweet referenced James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama, who has said that Trump's allegation that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower is false.

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. A new Reuters investigation reveals dozens of Russian elites have invested almost $100 million in seven Trump-branded luxury buildings in Florida. Amid a furor over whether Moscow tried to influence the presidential race on Trump's behalf to the detriment of Democrat Hillary Clinton, lawmakers said they would make public as much of their investigations as possible.

Just hours before the hearing, President Donald Trump accused Democrats of making up the allegations.

Both FBI Director James Comey and Director of the National Security Agency Mike Rogers testified to the Russian interference. Trump tweeted early Monday.

He said Congress and the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be going after media leaks, and maybe even Hillary Clinton, instead. USA intelligence officials have not publicly raised the possibility of contacts between the Clintons and Moscow.

Nunes said: "For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russian Federation poses". "But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt USA persons that they have employed in Europe and elsewhere".

Mr Nunes said he hopes the committee's hearings will result in a "definitive report" on Russia's involvement in the presidential election.

USA officials are taking fingerprints of asylum seekers in an Australian-run camp on the Pacific island of Nauru, signaling that vetting of applicants for resettlement in what Trump calls a "dumb deal" has restarted. He said he can not provide details about the investigation.

  • Larry Hoffman