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Posted On : 19 Mar, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Washington 
'No evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia'
There was "no evidence of collusion" between US President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia in the run up to the last year's presidential polls, the head of a congressional committee on intelligence said today.

"I will give you very simple answer: No," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told Fox News when asked if he has access to classified intelligence information, any evidence of collusion between the Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

"Up to speed on everything I have up to this morning. No evidence of collusion," Nunes said on the eve of FBI Director James Comey appearing before the committee headed by him on an 'Open Hearing on Russian Active Measures Investigation'.

There is no physical "evidence" of the allegations of Trump that Trump Towers in New York was subject to wiretapping at the direction of his predecessor Barack Obama, Nunes said.

"The President does not go and physically wiretapped something. So if you take the president literally, it did not happen," he said, alleging that there were "other surveillance activities" that were unmasked.

"For example, we know that General Flynn's name was unmasked. And so, was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No. There never was," Nunes said.

On Friday, the FBI sent his committee a bunch of documents which he said continue to lead him in the direction that there was no physical wiretapping.

"The other issue though that is still remaining out there is the unmasking of names and the leaking of names. We have a lot of surveillance activities in this country and the concern that the Trump administration has, is were they actually using surveillance activities to know what they were up to, because we know that happened with General Flynn.

"We know that his name was unmasked and we know that it was leaked out to the press," Nunes said.