The FBI is actively investigating Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 USA presidential election and possible cooperation from President Donald Trump's campaign, agency director James Comey confirmed.
USA intelligence agencies said in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hacks of the Democratic National Committee's and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman's computers to influence the election on Trump's behalf.
The high-stakes testimony in the House Intelligence Committee - the first public hearing into both controversies - came as Trump sought to steer the news focus by calling the Russian Federation issue, which has been a cloud over his victory, "fake news".
"The Democrats have been very much backing this idea that's come out of the Central Intelligence Agency that there is this incredibly close linkage between the Trump camp and the Kremlin", Machon told RT. "For example, one possibility will be some insight into the document that was released January 1, that was coordinated on by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency and the NSA", Johnson said.
Comey confirmed that in general a lot of them would have some level of access, though he said he did not know about Rhodes, a former National Security Council aide. "There's certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation".
"Is there an exception in the law for current or former US officials requesting anonymity?"
Monday's hearing, one of several by congressional panels probing allegations of Russian meddling, could allow for the greatest public accounting to date of investigations that have shadowed the Trump administration in its first two months.
A number of Republicans have expressed skepticism about Trump's tweets on Obama.
President Trump has declared his support for the American Health Care Act, and The Washington Post reported last week that Trump was "relishing a role as a high-stakes "closer" in the negotiations over the bill. As summer went on, and polls predicted Clinton as the ultimate victor, the Russians sought "to undermine" the Clinton campaign, said Comey. "They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe", he said on "Fox News Sunday".
"I've heard, that in fact the first draft of that document came to exact opposite conclusion and because it didn't come to the right conclusion that it was taken away from the analysts who were drafting it, taken up the food chain to the senior management so that they could shape it to put in the right point, which is really a total corruption of the intelligence process".
The top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee differed in public statements on the evidence of collusion Sunday.
"As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed", he said.
In sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said there was no evidence to Trump's claims that Barack Obama wiretapped him and Trump Tower, as the current president alleged in a series of tweets earlier this month.
The full Judiciary Committee is also investigating.
The committee's chairman, Representative Bob Goodlatte, said instead that he would urge the government to continue its investigation. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same.