The Latest: House intel leaders see no evidence on wiretap

The Latest: House intel leaders see no evidence on wiretap

March 15th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Political

In this photo taken July 16, 2016, Roger Stone, an adviser to Donald Trump, center, speaks to reporters in New York. Stone says he believes his contacts with a Russian-linked hacker who took credit for breaching the Democratic National Committee were obtained through a FISA warrant, which allows the government to collect the communications of individuals suspected of being agents of a foreign power. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the congressional investigation into Russian hacking during the 2016 campaign and contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Intelligence Committee say they have seen no evidence supporting President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him last year.

GOP Rep. Devin Nunes and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff say they're still waiting for evidence from the Justice Department backing up that claim. Schiff says he and Nunes are willing to take steps to compel the department to comply with their request if it refuses by the March 20 deadline they've given the Justice Department.

Nunes says he doesn't believe there was "an actual tap of Trump Tower" in New York.

Nunes also says the committee is tussling with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence over whether the committee will be allowed to have the computer technology needed to go through CIA evidence about Russia's interference in the election.

The leaders say FBI Director James Comey and the head of the National Security Agency will testify at a public hearing on March 20.

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11:22 a.m.

FBI Director James Comey will be briefing the top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to their letter last month about the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his contacts with Russian officials.

Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Dianne Feinstein of California sent a letter Feb. 15 to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Comey asking about the circumstances that led to Flynn's resignation.

The two cited media reports that said both the FBI and Justice Department were involved, raising questions about the "content and context of Mr. Flynn's discussions with Russian officials."

Comey was slated to brief the senators Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill.

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9 a.m.

Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone says he believes his contacts with a Russian-linked hacker who took credit for breaching the Democratic National Committee may have been obtained through a FISA warrant. That allows the government to collect the communications of individuals suspected of being agents of a foreign power.

Stone is among a handful of President Donald Trump's associates who are under scrutiny for possible links to Russia during the presidential race. In a statement to The Associated Press, Stone said he's retained two attorneys to explore whether he can compel the government to "either charge me or admit they have no case whatsoever."

The Republican operative has acknowledged having a Twitter exchange with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker that U.S. officials believe has ties to Russia. Stone said he was "unaware at the time of the brief exchange of allegations that the hacker in question is suspected of being a Russian asset."


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