Comey Could Throw Water on Trump's Wiretap Claims Today

FBI director will testify before House committee
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2017 4:04 AM CDT
Updated Mar 20, 2017 5:18 AM CDT
Comey Could Clear Up Wiretap Allegations Monday
FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Oversight Committee about Hillary Clinton's email investigation last year.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday and there may be some angry tweets from the White House soon afterward: Comey is widely expected to tell lawmakers that there is no evidence to support President Trump's claim that former President Obama had him wiretapped, CNN reports. Rep. Devin Nunes, the committee's GOP chairman, said Sunday that documents received from the Justice Department on Friday indicated there was no wiretapping, the Washington Post reports. "Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction," he told Fox.

Nunes also called for an investigation of leaks to the news media, reports Reuters. The hearing, scheduled from 10am to 1pm, will focus on allegations of Russian interference in last year's election, and Nunes say he has seen no evidence of collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign. Comey is expected to be asked to confirm or deny the existence of Russia-related criminal investigations of Trump or his staffers, reports Politico, which notes that he might decline to comment to avoid jeopardizing active investigations, a move that would bring accusations of hypocrisy from Democrats still angry about Comey's decision to release information on the Hillary Clinton email investigation days before the election. (More wiretapping stories.)

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