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Carson: House Probe of Trump-Russia Ties Lays Groundwork for Further Questions

Despite frequent "can't comment" from Comey, Carson says hearing shows issue's importance, debunks unsupported wiretap claim

Indiana's representative on the House Intelligence Committee says testimony from the heads of the F-B-I and N-S-A has brought some added clarity to questions about possible links between  Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

FBI director James Comey confirmed the bureau is investigating whether there were connections between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian meddling in last year's election. But Comey and National Security Agency director Mike Rogers repeatedly declined to confirm or deny specific suggestions about who might have done what. Even so, Indiana Democrat Andre Carson says the hearing sends a signal to the public that Congress is taking the charges seriously. In some cases, he says the Q-and-A let committee members know what questions they can probe further when the panel meets in closed session to discuss classified information.

The committee plans at least one more hearing on the allegations next week.

Carson notes Comey was specific on one point. He says his testimony shows once and for all that Trump's tweeted accusation of wiretapping or other surveillance of Trump Tower by President Obama is exactly what the British called it: "utter nonsense."

In his questioning of Rogers, Carson suggested a connection between reported Russian contact with Trump advisers and the removal of a Republican platform plank calling for the arming of Ukraine, following Russia's occupation of Ukrainian territory in Crimea. And while Rogers and Comey refused to say whether any specific individuals are under investigation, Carson says it "doesn't look good" that Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone was tweeting about looming Wikileaks revelations from within Hillary Clinton's campaign before those leaks actually appeared.

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