James Comey Could Shed Light on Russia, POTUS’ Wiretap Charge – By  Janet Hook and  Shane Harris Updated March 19, 2017 5:32 p.m. ET


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FBI Director James Comey leaving a closed-door meeting with senators at the U.S. Capitol last week.

FBI Director James Comey leaving a closed-door meeting with senators at the U.S. Capitol last week. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

WASHINGTON—FBI Director James Comey will be called before lawmakers Monday as part of an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated accusation that he had been wiretapped by his predecessor during the campaign.

In advance of Mr. Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, a number of lawmakers of both parties have said they have seen no evidence to support Mr. Trump’s allegation about then-president Barack Obama . Mr. Trump in early March tweeted that Mr. Obama had tapped the phones at Trump Tower, the New York building where Mr. Trump lived and worked during the campaign, an extraordinary claim of illegal activity by a president.

“Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No. It never happened,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) said Sunday on Fox.

National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers is also scheduled to testify before the panel Monday, marking the first time both he and Mr. Comey have publicly testified before Congress since Mr. Trump was inaugurated.

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