Lawmakers offer clashing opinions on Russian Federation question
Mar 21 2017
As they took to the airwaves to offer differing opinions about the Russian Federation matter, members of Congress nearly all struck similar notes on Trump's unsubstantiated claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower in NY during the campaign.
The U.S. intelligence community has already concluded Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential race - in which computer emails from the Democratic National Committee and related to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were stolen and made public. Upon reviewing the report, Nunes says he stands by his earlier comments that there's "no evidence" former President Obama issued a wiretap for Trump's NY home and business.
Nunes said Sunday that, based on his briefing with the Department of Justice, "there never" were physical wiretaps of Trump Tower, adding that a classified report from the department on Friday bolstered his belief that Trump was "literally" wrong.
Nunes said on "Fox News Sunday" that he was not aware of any warrant that would have allowed such a wiretap.
But Schiff said there was "circumstantial evidence of collusion" at the outset of the congressional investigations into purported Russian election meddling, as well as "direct evidence" that Trump campaign figures sought to deceive the public about their interactions with Russian figures.
Conversely, "the main thing that Schiff wants to know is if Russia's interference in the campaign was purely the work of Moscow or if others were involved", as David reported.
"We need to get to the bottom of that", Nunes said.
"Clearly to leak Michael Flynn's name talking to the Russian ambassador", Nunes said.
"What the president said was just patently false", Schiff said of the Trump Tower allegations, "and the wrecking ball it created has now banged into our British allies and our German allies and continuing to grow in terms of damage".
The controversy over the wiretapping claims was unleashed by stunning early morning tweets from the President at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida two weeks ago.
"There's no evidence of any wiretap, of Trump Tower". "I think the concern that we have is that, were there any other surveillance activities that were used". "I do believe he owes us that explanation".
But Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said that he had yet to see any evidence of wiretapping. House Speaker Paul Ryan, as well as the chairmen and top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees, have said they have seen no evidence to back the claim. "But there was certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation".
"I think when it comes to the Russian Federation story - and the on-the-record sources who have been briefed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to conclude that there's nothing there - you guys continue to fall back on these anonymous sources and perpetuate a false narrative", Spicer vented to reporters Thursday.
"I do think it's important that we look at the broader context here", Arkansas Sen. And that's what I wish he would explain to us on the Intelligence Committee and to the American people.
Democrats say that pattern of behavior merits investigation -- and could press Comey on Monday to say what he can in an unclassified setting about those contacts. He said that communications from Americans, including Trump, may have been picked up through ongoing surveillance of foreigners.