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FBI director to testify on possible Trump-Moscow links, wiretap scandal

FBI director to testify on possible Trump-Moscow links, wiretap scandalThe FBI director, James Comey, is due to appear on Monday morning before a US congressional committee which will ask him whether US President Donald Trump was wiretapped and whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

This is reported by The Guardian.

One of the first questions Comey is likely to be asked is whether Trump or his campaign was subject to a wiretap, as the president has repeatedly claimed over the past fortnight, without providing evidence. Comey is reported to have told members of Congress in private that there are no grounds for that claim.

If so, it would be a striking repudiation of a sitting president’s claims by his own FBI director, coming on the heels of a heated denial from the British government and its electronic intelligence agency, GCHQ, that it had spied on Trump on the Obama administration’s behalf.

Comey will be joined at the committee hearing by the director of the national security agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, John Brennan, the Obama administration’s CIA director, and James Clapper the former director of national intelligence.

The US intelligence community came to the conclusion in December that Vladimir Putin’s government had intervened in the election with the intention of skewing it in Trump’s favour. Comey and the intelligence chiefs will be questioned on Monday on the scope of that intervention and whether members of his campaign or any of his associates had colluded with Moscow.
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