"CNN does not give any concrete proof, but instead draws parallels between the information and FBI Director James Comey's recent allegations about the Trump campaign's ties to the Russian Federation government", Ardayev said.
At issue was an exchange that occurred as Comey was testifying on the House intelligence committee. Second, there is no factual basis for President Donald Trump's accusation that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower. On March 5, FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to reject Trump's wiretapping claim.
Mr. Comey's unusual statement - the FBI does not confirm or deny ongoing investigations usually - has cast a long shadow over the Trump White House. Comey said Moscow had always been opposed to Trump's election rival, former secretary of state Clinton. In early March, he accused former President Barack Obama of ordering wiretaps on Trump Tower - yet Mr. Comey said neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation nor the Department of Justice had any information to support that allegation. On Feb. 13, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's choice for national security adviser, resigned after it was revealed that he had provided misleading information about his contact with a Russian ambassador in January.
And this came, of course, after the president, one of his early morning tweets last weekend, basically said President Obama had the phones at Trump Tower in NY wiretapped.
The release and publication of the hacked emails is protected in part by America's freedom of speech laws but a collusion between USA campaign officials and a foreign power would be a much more serious matter.
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The suggestion as to Comey's motives came in a column, which will run in Wednesday's paper, that hammered Trump for making the unsupported claim. The Russia allegations might or might not eventually diminish Trump, the office he occupies, and our credibility on the global stage.
"However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates", said Nunes.
"There is a big, grey cloud that you've now put over people who have very important work to do to lead this country", Devin Nunes, Californian Republican and chair of the House Intelligence Committee, told Mr. Comey during the hearing.
Comey warned that the Russians are likely to resort to more aggressive election-year meddling in 2018 and 2020 because they feel they successfully "introduced chaos and division" into the presidential race.