Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at links between Trump associates and Russian Federation

Mark Warner, also said in a joint statement last week that "b$3 ased on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016".

His claims followed an investigation into his ties with Russian Federation and a possible role Moscow played in his victory.

Comey confirmed on Monday that there is an ongoing investigation of Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, including any links between Trump or anyone on his team and Moscow.

On March 4, the NY billionaire attacked Obama (pictured above) on Twitter, claiming that he had "tapped" his phone ahead of the November 8, 2016 vote.

His committee requested evidence of the wiretapping by Friday but Nunes said that a Justice Department report submitted to the committee did not show any proof to support Trump's claims. With gritted teeth, he said that would violate the agreement between the so-called "Five Eyes" intelligence agencies - the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand - not to spy on each other's citizens.

In non-bizarro America, such blatant examples of presidential dishonesty and slanderous charges of illegal surveillance, plus direct evidence of FBI investigations into potentially treasonous acts by aides to the president (and perhaps the president himself), would spark the mother of all constitutional crises.

Right from the get-go, Comey confirmed the FBI was conducting an ongoing investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion, but refused to give details, or any hints as to where it was leading, because the probe was far from complete. In one exchange that sounded more sandbox than hearing room, Nunes asserted that "it's ridiculous for anyone to say that the Russians prefer Republicans over Democrats". Move on to deal with the other critical issues that are much more important issues related to healthcare, issues related to a new Supreme Court justice, issues related to the budget, to immigration. "We have a tremendous group of people that listen and I can get around the media when the media doesn't tell the truth, so I like that". The president doesn't need this because it impacts on his credibility as president.

"That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts", Comey said in his opening statement.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) asked Comey if he has any reason to disagree with former National Intelligence Director James Clapper "that there's no evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign".

USA representative for California Adam Schiff, a Democrat, asked Mr Comey if he knew of Mr Stone, and if the accused could have had prior knowledge of the Hillary Clinton email hacks conducted by Russian affiliates before they were released by WikiLeaks.

Yes, it is indeed true that it would be unfair to shout "Lock him up!" based on an incomplete FBI investigation - just ask Hillary Clinton if you'd like to know exactly how unfair. He disingenuously downplayed the roles of key campaign officials who had known ties to Russian Federation.

And if you think this is an extraordinary use of live-tweeting, you're not the only one. "And one of the lessons they may draw from this is that they were successful because they introduced chaos and division and discord and sowed doubt about the nature of this wonderful country of ours and our democratic process".

"The real problem here is you had a foreign adversarial power intervene in our election, a very close election, and what our intelligence community tells us is they're going to do it again", Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House intelligence panel, told CBS News Monday.

  • Carolyn Briggs