The director of the National Security Agency said the Obama administration did not ask British intelligence to spy on Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer alleged last week.
Adm. Mike Rogers said such a request to eavesdrop on a U.S. citizen would be "expressly against the construct" of intelligence agreements with the British and other close allies.
"I have seen nothing on the NSA side that we ever engaged in such activity" or was asked to conduct surveillance of Trump by Obama, Rogers said.
FBI Director James B. Comey comments on President Trump's assertions that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.
FBI Director James B. Comey said his agency and the Department of Justice have "no information" to support President Trump's allegations that his predecessor ordered wiretapping of him and his campaign.
"With respect to the president’s tweets," Comey testified at the House intelligence committee, "I have no information that supports those tweets. We have looked carefully inside the FBI."
Responding to a question by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), the ranking Democrat on the committee, Comey added that the Justice Department asked him to convey that it also had not been able to uncover any information related to such wiretaps.
FBI Director James B. Comey confirms his agency is investigating possible cooperation between Russia and Trump campaign associates.
Director James B. Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian authorities during the 2016 election campaign.
Comey said the investigation was examining whether "there was any coordination" between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Comey suggested that the case was not a criminal investigation but was being conducted as part of FBI's "counterintelligence mission," aimed at preventing Russia intelligence operations against the U.S.
As the House Intelligence Committee prepared for its first public hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump tweeted a new denial. (March 20, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
As the House Intelligence Committee prepares for its first public hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump took to Twitter to defend himself against suggestions that he or people close to him had colluded with Moscow.
The story line is "fake news" pushed by Democrats, Trump declared.
Two politically fraught, related stories are expected to come together at Monday's hearing.
Leaks to reporters. Supposed wiretaps of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. Federal court rulings against the ban on travel and refugee resettlement.
For allies of Trump — aides, politicians and right-wing news sites — these are evidence of the existence of a “deep state,” a secretive, coordinated network inside the government dedicated to undermining the administration.
Asked by reporters recently whether the deep state exists, Sean Spicer, the president’s press secretary, offered this observation: “I don’t think it should come as any surprise that there are people burrowed into government during eight years of the last administration and may have believed in that agenda and want to continue to seek it.”
The Hawaii judge who brought a national halt to President Trump's new travel ban last week has rejected the government's request to limit his ruling.
In a short filing in his Honolulu court on Sunday, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson told federal lawyers who protested against the broad scope of his ruling that "there is nothing unclear" about his order against the ban.
The Department of Justice had filed a motion late Friday asking Watson to scale back his decision that found the travel ban to discriminate against Muslims to match a narrower ruling against it issued by a federal court in Maryland.