Dem: Russia probe may put Trump aides in jail
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 10:59
"The investigation will determine whether there is a fire or not", said Castro, a San Antonio Democrat who is a member of one of the panels investigating the role Russian Federation played in the 2016 campaign.
As a member of the intelligence committee, Castro has seen more evidence associated with the issue than most members of Congress. Last month, FBI Director James Comey testified that there was no evidence to support Mr Trump's claim that Barack Obama had wiretapped him.
No hard evidence has been produced demonstrating that Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation has told Congress at a public hearing that the agency is investigating Trumps' campaign as part of its probe into Russia's interference with the USA election a year ago. Castro said, "If I was betting, I would say yes".
Mr Castro was asked whether he had seen any hard evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
The future Trump aide purportedly met with Victor Podobnyy, a Russian intelligence operative whom the us government later charged with acting as an unregistered agent for a foreign government. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democratic member of the committee, said he and Nunes were "near agreement" on a witness list.
Asked how high in the Trump campaign he was referring to, he said it was "yet to be determined". Castro did not offer any proof beyond his suspicion. He said he could not comment on whether those who might face criminal charges were serving as part of the administration now, or had simply worked for the NY tycoon during the campaign.
When CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked if he saw prosecution as a possibility for more than one person, Castro responded: "That's my impression, yes".