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While discussing Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 election during today's intelligence hearing, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and NSA director Michael Rogers were both asked if the country altered votes in any swing states.

Earlier, the chairman of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Republican Representative Devin Nunes, told the same hearing that the panel had seen no evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

Democrats also may want Mr. Comey to address what they have labeled circumstantial evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Comey said he wouldn't be able to give many details of the investigation. Comey also said that the Department of Justice and all of its components similarly had no information to support Trump's claims.

"That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government and whether there was any coordination", Comey testified.

It is not clear how much new information will emerge Monday, and the hearing's open setting unquestionably puts Comey in a hard situation if he's asked to discuss an ongoing investigation tied to the campaign of the president.

Republican Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes said the hearing would have several areas of focus - the extent to which Russian intervened in the USA election and whether any campaign officials conspired in those efforts. However, NBC reported that Nunes remained concerned about "other surveillance activities," notably communication leaks pertaining to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

"Let me be clear". There has been enough speculation, and Trump should be pushing for facts and information to be made public.

President Donald Trump walks to the White House after arriving on Marine One, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Washington.

Rogers denied such claims, which have been employed by the president and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to explain why no evidence has been found to support Trump's wiretapping allegations.

That comment knocks down Trump's serious, and unfounded, accusation that President Obama directed intelligence operations to wiretap him during the campaign.

Trump said Democrats "pushed the Russian story" to cover up for their poorly run presidential campaign.

Because Trump sent out his tweet before the hearing ended, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., was able to ask Comey and Rogers about it. "President Trump owes the American people and President Obama more than just an explanation, but an apology".

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, said it's important to determine the extent of Russia's involvements and whether they were aided by US citizens, "including people associated with the Trump campaign".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Republican senator, recused himself from investigating the Russia meddling allegations after it was revealed that he did not answer accurately during his confirmation hearing when asked about his contacts with Russian officials during the election.

Schiff is the ranking Democratic member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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