"Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that certain political appointees in the Obama administration had access to the names of unmasked United States citizens, such as senior White House officials, senior Department of Justice officials, and senior intelligence officials". Last month Mr. Trump's nominee for National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned from his post after it emerged that he had withheld information about being in contact with Russia's Ambassador in Washington prior to Mr. Trump's inauguration.
"President Trump owes the American people and President Obama more than just an explanation, but an apology", Schumer told the press.
Before Comey's disclosure on Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating top Trump aides, such as Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page. The U.S. intelligence community eventually came to the conclusion that the release of these emails were coordinated by Russian intelligence originally to undermine the democratic process, but eventually the ultimate goal became to elect Donald Trump.
After disclosing that the investigation was happening, Comey was unable to answer many specific questions asked by the committee as it would be commenting on an ongoing investigation. Conveniently missing from the Republican storyline was that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence, had been a registered foreign agent on behalf of Turkish interests while advising the Trump campaign, and had collected $68,000 from Russian entities in 2015.
FBI Director James Comey says neither the Department of Justice nor his own agency have evidence to support a claim by US President Donald Trump that his Trump Tower headquarters had been wiretapped during the 2016 election campaign.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation tried to help Trump by hacking leading Democrats' emails.
Russian Federation denies it attempted to influence the November 8 presidential election by hacking Democratic operatives and releasing embarrassing information.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer laid a mic drop worthy burn on CNN during Thursday's White House press briefing.
"However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates", said Nunes.
He also noted that while the Russian government wanted to hurt Clinton's campaign and help Trump's, intelligence agencies made no judgment on whether the efforts have concretely influenced the outcome.