Congress has concluded that Donald Trump’s campaign is “not guilty” of colluding with Russia in order to win the 2016 presidential election.
A congressional panel found “zero evidence” that Trump worked with Russia, its chairman announced on Sunday, ahead of testimony by FBI Director James Comey on the president’s potential ties to Russia.
Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, claims that the hysteria about Russia has no basis in reality. “Everything I have up to this morning – no evidence of collusion,” he told Fox News.
Yahoo News reports:
Nunes made his remarks one day before Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey is to face lawmakers on the panel, amid speculation that Trump aides and associates — and perhaps even the businessman-turned-politician himself — may have maintained uncomfortably close ties with Moscow.
Monday’s hearing was also expected to address a second explosive issue: Trump’s unsubstantiated accusations of wiretapping by Barack Obama — charges that have roiled political waters in Washington for the past two weeks.
Trump on March 4 tweeted that Obama had “tapped” his phone — a charge that has consumed political debate in the US capital.
The US intelligence community has publicly blamed Russia for hacks of the Democratic National Committee last year, and suggested the cyber attacks were aimed at steering the election to a Trump victory.
Moscow has denied involvement in the hacks, and Trump has denounced the tumult over alleged Russia connections as a “total witch hunt.”
– A city obsessed with a baseless claim –
But the question of whether Trump Tower was bugged — an accusation first lodged by the president on Twitter — nevertheless has risen to the top of Washington’s political agenda, becoming something of a national obsession, even as a growing number of lawmakers and top US officials assert there is no evidence of any such claim.
The wiretapping issue mushroomed last month, when Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed he had misled top officials over his contacts with Russia…