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F.B.I. & N.S.A. chiefs to testify over Trump-Russia relations

Mar 20, 2017, 6:18 AM EDT
F.B.I. Director James Comey has reportedly denied Trump's wiretapping claims in private.
(Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)/flickr)

F.B.I. Director James Comey and N.S.A. Chief Admiral Mike Rogers are scheduled to appear before a congressional intelligence committee, where the duo will answer questions over President Donald Trump’s unconfirmed wiretapping claims and also regarding the alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia.  

The investigation, which Trump describes as a “witch hunt,” was launched after U.S. intelligence agencies claimed that Russia ordered cyber attacks on senior Democrats’ email accounts to influence the presidential election in favor of the Republican candidate, writes the BBC.

Two senior officials of the Trump administration have already faced the consequences of their links with Moscow. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was sacked last month for discussing U.S. sanctions with Russian ambassador even before Trump came to power while Attorney-General Jeff Sessions had to pull out of an F.B.I. inquiry over undisclosed communication with Russians, notes Reuters.

The hearing is unlikely to yield any definitive answers but if the F.B.I. director denies the president’s claim that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration, it would be a “striking repudiation of a sitting president,” reports The Guardian.