There is no evidence of collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, US House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday.
The committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said he expects Comey will say there is nothing to the accusation Trump made against former President Barack Obama. "What the president said was just patently false". "The American people have a right to know, and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more".
"There was no FISA warrant that I'm aware of to tap Trump Tower, that's correct", Nunes said. But there never was.
"No evidence of collusion", Nunes told the Fox News broadcaster, answering the question if there was evidence of any links between Russian Federation and Trump campaign.
James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, denied that any evidence of such collusion existed while he oversaw the work of US intelligence agencies during in interviewo on "Meet the Press" two weeks ago.
Yesterday, the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee added their voices to those seeming to doubt that claim, senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner issued a statement: "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016".
The US intelligence community has said Russian Federation was behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, which it said were part of an effort to help Trump in the election. But Cruz said Trump still needs to put forward the facts.
The White House and Mr Trump's allies have sought to focus attention away from wiretapping claims by calling for investigations of leaks to the news media.
But the White House is angry that statements by former senior intelligence officials in the Obama administration -- and by top congressional figures - that there is no evidence to substantiate the claims of alleged collusion with Russian Federation is not getting more coverage.
The Trump Administration has a pivotal week ahead as hearings, testimonies and votes are all on the agenda.
While disagreeing with Mr Trump's wiretap assertions, Mr Nunes agreed with concerns that the Republican president had expressed about alleged leaks in the probe.
"There is certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation", he continued.
With the national debate consumed by talk over Trump's wiretapping claim, one USA lawmaker said the president might be well advised to follow the sage parental counsel he received years ago. "I do believe he owes us that explanation".
Republican Rep. Tom Cole told reporters Friday that Trump should say sorry to Obama if he couldn't support his claims.
Regarding the influx of Marines and other service members into Syria, Cotton did not advocate for a specific policy, but said, "I don't think we ought to set arbitrary troop caps".
The Senate Intelligence Committee has announced a public hearing for March 30. "So when you hear these outlandish comments, what I keep thinking is that there's a real possibility that the president is undermining these relationships".
But Price said the letter and analysis did not recognize follow-up steps: "This is not the plan".
"Clearly to leak Michael Flynn's name talking to the Russian ambassador", Nunes said.
"We'll see what Director Comey testifies about", Cotton said.