Ex-CIA chief: Trump 'probably should apologize' to Obama over wiretapping claim

FBI Director James Comey says the FBI and Justice Department have no information to substantiate President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him before the election.

Panetta, who served in the cabinet posts under former President Barack Obama and as President Bill Clinton's chief of staff, said the task force will release a report on Monday about ideas for reforming the military's personnel system and bringing it up to date.

Schumer said Trump "needs to retract his claim immediately".

"I know the rest of us are pretty pissed", she added.

Earlier on Sunday, California Republican Representative Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, also pushed back against the claims, asserting that "there was no FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant" for wiretapping.

Testifying before USA congress, Mr Comey said he is authorised by the American justice department to make the disclosure. "I've seen nothing on the N.S.A. side that we engaged in such activity, nor that anyone engaged in such activity", said Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency.

After multiple American and global intelligence agencies, as well as fellow Republicans, have said that there's no evidence Obama ordered surveillance of Trump, HBO's "Last Week Tonight" host slammed the president for saying he got his information from Fox News Channel contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano.

"We started a hearing, it is still ongoing", he said.

United States intelligence officials have not publicly raised the possibility of contacts between the Clintons and Moscow.

Mr Trump tweeted: "The real story that Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information".

A hearing Monday before one of several congressional panels probing allegations of Russian meddling, the House Intelligence Committee, could allow for the greatest public accounting to date of investigations that have shadowed the Trump administration in its first two months. Also of interest to the committee are any connections between Russian Federation and associates of President Donald Trump.

  • Carolyn Briggs