Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey and Mike Rogers of the National Security Agency (NSA) spoke to Congress on Monday, publicly addressing Russian ties with the Trump administration, and wiretap claims made by President Donald Trump.
Comey confirmed the investigation started in late July 2016, and is ongoing.
Possible ties between the Trump administration and Russia under President Vladimir Putin have been the subject of much speculation since and before Trump was elected on November 8.
In January of this year, US intelligence agencies concluded that hackers working for Russia broke into the email accounts of members of the Democratic party and released emails with the aim of helping Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
Moscow has denied such involvement, and Trump has denounced the alleged Russia connections as a "total witch hunt".
Director Comey said there is “no information supporting Trump wiretap claims”, and that no president can order a wiretapping.
Trump made unsubstantiated accusations that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone at Trump Tower in New York during the campaign. He tweeted on March 4 that Obama had "tapped" his phone, and that he is a “bad (or sick) guy.”
Obama and several senior officials have denied these claims, and congressional leaders briefed on the matter have said they have seen no indication that the allegations are true.
NSA director Mike Rogers confirmed there is no information to support the claim made that the British participated at the request of the Obama administration in the surveillance or wiretapping of Trump.
The controversial wiretapping claims have pulled away attention from the administration’s agenda to push for tax reform, Obama’s healthcare law, and the controversial travel ban.
Trump's attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself from any Russia-related inquiries after it was learned that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador in the months before Trump took office, and had failed to disclose this during his confirmation hearing when asked a question about such contacts and speaking under oath.
Comey confirmed that classified leaks to the media has been “unusually active” in the last couple months.
Translated by: Tea IVANOVIĆ
(Original version: Direktor FBI potvrdio istragu o vezi između Trumpa i Rusije)