Federal Bureau of Investigation director: There's 'no information' to support Trump wiretapping tweets

FBI Director James Comey believes President Donald Trump tweets unsubstantiated information.

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That need was abundantly clear at Monday's hearing as both Democrats and Republicans used Comey's appearance for political purposes.

Hours before the House Intelligence Committee opened the first public hearing into both controversies, Trump sought to steer the news focus by branding the Russian Federation issue, which has been a cloud over his November presidential victory, "fake news".

"Thanks to the modern technology that's in front of me right here, I've got a tweet from the president an hour ago saying 'the NSA and Federal Bureau of Investigation tell Congress that Russian Federation did not influence the electoral process, ' so that's not quite accurate, that tweet?' said Democratic Rep. Jim Himes during his time to ask questions of Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers".

Members of both parties have threatened to subpoena administration officials or delay confirmation hearings for Trump's nominees until their requests for information are answered.

Mr Nunes said "numerous" current and former United States officials had leaked potentially classified information, and that his committee meant to identify them to bring them to justice.

Trump himself has pushed back against these claims as recently as Monday morning, when he tweeted that there was "no evidence Potus colluded with Russian Federation".

That was one of two tweets fact-checked later on in the hearing.

"We've offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact, cause it's never something that we looked at", Comey said.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled a similar hearing for later in the month.

In the fifth tweet, @POTUS wrote "FBI Director Comey admits Obama's White House had ability to "unmask" American citizens", referring to the naming of people discussed in classified intelligence.

Later, the White House insisted that Congress open investigate into the claim as part of its probe into Russia's meddling in the election.

Two key U.S. officials are set to testify publicly about whether there is any truth behind the explosive, but unsubstantiated, claim by U.S. President Donald Trump that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower headquarters in the weeks before last year's presidential election.

She said that Trump is desperate to distract attention from the FBI investigation into his administration's ties to Russian Federation, so he tossed out "mendacious" wiretapping claims about Obama. Trump referred to it as "the real story" in a tweet early Monday morning.

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

Here's the full text of Pelosi's statement.

"President Trump has been desperate to distract attention from the FBI investigation into the Kremlin's grip on his administration".

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