Congressman Adam Schiff on President Trump, Russia and wiretapping

Congressman Adam Schiff on President Trump, Russia and wiretapping

"I hope that we can put an end to this wild goose chase because what the president said was just patently false", Schiff said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "The American people have a right to know, and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether this circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more".

Nunes was asked if there was any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. The US President fired Mr Flynn, his former national security adviser, last month after he failed to disclose contacts with Russia's ambassador before Mr Trump took office.

FBI Director James Comey will also testify on Monday before the House Intelligence Committee in the first public hearing regarding possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. The lawmaker said he remained primarily concerned about leaks of USA surveillance of conversations between Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"If we're serious about reducing health care costs, the last thing we should be doing is cutting money for biomedical research", she said. The Russian government has denied any wrongdoing.

Nunes made his remarks one day before Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey is to face lawmakers on the panel, amid speculation that Trump aides and associates - and perhaps even the businessman-turned-politician himself - may have had uncomfortably close ties with Moscow. That happened to [former National Security Adviser] Michael Flynn.

Sen. Susan Collins says President Trump owes it to the nation to explain why he claimed President Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped during the presidential campaign last fall. He said that there is "circumstantial evidence" of collusion. Sheldon Whitehouse gave FBI Director James Comey until Wednesday to inform them about whether or not the agency is investigating the Trump campaign's s with Russian Federation.

"On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire", Morell said. There's no little candle.

Many lawmakers, including Nunes and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., have expressed skepticism that such wiretaps existed. When asked by Chris Wallace if elements are trying to undercut the Trump presidency.

He repeated an unsubstantiated claim that Britain's cyber intelligence organization conducted the surveillance at Obama's behest, a claim the agency GBHQ flatly denied; and mentioned during German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first visit to the Trump White House the Obama administration's monitoring of Merkel's cellphone, a bruising incident in German-U.S. relations. At the time, sources told CNN that the report would not back Trump's accusation.

"There's no evidence of collusion", he said.

"As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump told the German chancellor, referring to a WikiLeaks report in 2015 that the U.S. had monitored calls involving Merkel and her top aides for years.

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.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz seemed to back Trump, at least in spirit.

Chairman Nunes tried to blame Obama for the Trump/Russia scandal.

"It would be quite good for the administration to put forward what evidence there is", Cruz said.

If Comey doesn't provide the information, Graham said that his panel, the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, will issue subpoenas. Nunes answered, "I think that's pretty clear".

"If we don't roll back Iran's gains throughout the region, we're not going to have stability, and we're not going to defend USA interests to the degree that we should", Cotton said.