Six takeaways from Congress' hearing on Russia, Trump and wiretapping

The heat is turning up on the White House after new reports claiming an FBI investigation into this Beverly Hillbillies administration has found that President Vladimir TrumPutin associates communicated with suspected Russian operatives before the presidential election to release damaging information on Hillary Clinton's campaign.

The FBI chief, along with the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Mike Rogers, confirmed that that their investigation of Moscow and November's United States elections could last months. The investigation is still ongoing and there is no conclusive information as of this time.

He's one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes players in Washington, D.C., but has been unusually visible in the public and political eye since last summer. This is one of those circumstances.

As the hearing opened on Monday, the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Admiral Michael Rogers, and Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey gave testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials. They are just the latest government officials along with the Republican chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees to debunk the claim.

"Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I can not say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining", Comey said.

Comey said the probe is part of the FBI's counter-intelligence mission.

Comey also said during his testimony that he would not reveal any details of the investigation into potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

US Representative Devin Nunes, the California Republican who chairs the committee, told Comey that revelations about the investigation had placed a "big gray cloud" over people trying to lead the country.

Mr Comey had said that Moscow has always been opposed to Trump's election rival, former secretary of state Clinton.

In March, Trump sparked controversy when he said he had evidence that Obama had wiretapped his campaign against Clinton.

This new information is now under review, and is in part what Comey referred to in his report on Monday.

  • Larry Hoffman