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>> The Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes saying for the first time Monday he had seen no evidence of contact between Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election.>> But as of right now, I don't have any evidence that would, of any phone calls, that doesn't mean they don't exist, but I don't have that.
And what I've been told, by many folks, is that there's nothing there.>> But the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, pushing back, saying the committee has reached no conclusion yet. Nunes, telling reporters his panel is widening its investigation into Moscow's efforts targeting the US election, as the FBI conducts its own separate probe.
Nunes speaking after prominent California Congressman Darrell Issa, a member of the House Oversight Committee, over the weekend broke with his fellow Republicans. Telling HBO's Bill Maher that a special prosecutor should investigate Russia's role in the campaign. Issa, joining a chorus of Democrats pushing for the move. Dustin Voltz is following the story.
>> So you're seeing the Republicans even now starting to come out and say that we need to be really judicious and independent in how we investigate the issue of Russia, and their meddling in the 2016 election.>> Issa adding that he believed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who campaigned heavily for Trump's election, should recuse himself.
And the White House, on Sunday, saying it would not rule it out. Trump has dismissed the controversy about ties between his aides and Russia as a ruse, saying he'll crack down on government leakers.>> Republicans in Congress are now under more pressure after news emerged over the weekend showing that Senator Richard Burr and Representative Devin Nunes were enlisted by the White House to go out and talk to reporters on background.
As anonymous sources to sort of refute some of these stories we've seen coming out about the handling of the investigation.>> US intelligence analysts have concluded Russia tried to help Trump win the White House by discrediting Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. On Monday, former President George W Bush also weighing in on an appearance on the Today's Show, saying he did not know if a special prosecutor was needed in the case but adding, we all need answers.