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Trump Wiretapping Claims Dominate Intelligence Hearing

The FBI is in possession of information suggesting that associates of US President Donald Trump may have coordinated with Russian operatives regarding the release of information aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton's electoral chances, CNN reported late Wednesday, citing US officials speaking anonymously with the network.

Anonymous officials also told CNN that although the Federal Bureau of Investigation can not prove collusion took place at this time, they do have information that suggests collusion might have taken place.

Comey stressed that not only Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to lose the election, but he also sought the Trump's victory.

A source reportedly told CNN that this information is, in part, what Comey was referencing when he told Congress that the FBI is investigating Trump's campaign and its ties to Russian Federation.

The agency is now in the process of reviewing the information, which includes human intelligence, business, travel and phone records and in-person meeting accounts.

But other USA officials who spoke to CNN say it's premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it's largely circumstantial.

The Republican lawmaker said the probe, made public Monday when FBI Director James Comey appeared before the House Intelligence Committee, should "get all the facts on the table" so the important work of the country can proceed.

The Trump administration was consistently bombarded with allegations of collusion with Russian Federation during the campaign.

Spicer downplayed the matter by quoting more broadly from individuals who have been briefed about the FBI investigation - all of whom said there was no evidence of "collusion" between the Russians and Trump campaign officials.

'Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I can not say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining, ' Comey said.

"The FBI and the Justice Department have no information to support" President Trump's claims that the Obama administration had tapped Trump's offices during the campaign, Comey said.

Trump created a controversy in early March when he tweeted without giving evidence that former President Barack Obama's administration had wiretapped Trump Tower in NY.

The committee plans at least one more hearing on the allegations next week. But there is still no smoking kalashnikoff in the case that signals wrongdoing - the FBI investigation is ongoing.


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