Senator: Trump owes America an explanation on wiretap claims

Nunes opened the hearing by saying, "Let me be clear: We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower".

FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed the agency was investigating possible Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA election including any links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Intelligence officials have said that Russian Federation was behind the theft of Democratic National Committee emails last summer.

The US government later concluded that the Russian government directed the DNC hack in an attempt to influence the outcome of November's presidential election.

But, congressional Republicans avidly supporting Trump as well as his agenda also could face the 2018 political heat elections as they were trying to handle the claims that are clearly dismissed by intelligence officials and Obama.

"For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russian Federation poses", Mr Nunes said.

Nunes said the committee will also examine whether the Russians were trying to sow doubt in the USA electoral system or whether they were trying to help Trump get elected to the White House. FISA stands for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which requires investigators to seek a warrant from a secret court to wiretap a foreign suspect.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsGOP senator: Trump owes explanation for wiretap claims As US healthcare changes, preventative screenings can't stop Peggy Noonan: Trump should ally with Dems on healthcare MORE (R-Maine) on Sunday said President Trump owes the American people an explanation for accusations that former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaGOP senator: Trump owes explanation for wiretap claims Paul predicts GOP healthcare plan will fail GOP rep: Trump should apologize to Obama MORE wiretapped Trump Tower. "However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a G7 leaders' summit in May will be a good opportunity to address differences with Trump on how to secure free trade while making commerce fairer.

The national intelligence former director, James Clapper confirmed that Trumps allegation had no truth and McCain said, "The president has two choices now, either he should retract or provide the information required or that the American people ought to have".

  • Larry Hoffman