"There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said.
Identities of Americans who show up in USA surveillance against foreign targets are generally concealed but can be unmasked by intelligence agencies in certain circumstances.
"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?". US intelligence agencies say Russian Federation was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails and for numerous fake news stories that found their way onto social media.
"I've been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of our counterintelligence mission is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election", he continued.
He promised to try to "get to the bottom of" whether Russians tried to help the Trump campaign and "whether Trump associates or anyone else was involved". "They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe".
Other congressional committees also are investigating the possible Russian connection, mostly behind closed doors.
"The FBI director has now confirmed what members from both parties in both the House and the Senate have said: President Obama did not order a wiretap on Trump Tower", Schumer said today. "No there never was", Nunes said.
He continued, "Now I don't want to prejudge where we ultimately end up, and of course, there's one thing to say there's evidence, there's another thing to say we can prove this, or prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, or there's enough evidence to bring to a grand jury for purposes of criminal indictment".
"There was no FISA warrant I am aware of to tap Trump Tower", Mr Nunes added.
The ranking Democrat on the panel said it's clear the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election but not whether there was collusion between Trump campaign adviser and Russian agents.
"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process", he wrote on Twitter on 4 March. And when we have a major ally - and it's not just sorry [from] the president [to the American people], but also to the United Kingdom for the claims or the intimation that the United Kingdom was involved in this, as well. 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. Arizona Republican Senator John McCain said on CNN last weekend that "the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve".
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