James Comey, the director of the FBI, is expected to flatly reject Donald Trump's claim that he was spied on by the Obama administration during the election campaign when he testifies on Monday at a House Intelligence Committee hearing.
According to ABC News, it is likely Mr Comey will make a strong public rebuke of Mr Trump's accusation, which the president is yet to have backed up with any evidence.
James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
Mr Trump has already been urged by senior Republicans to apologise over his claims, which were also strongly denied by a spokesman for Barack Obama earlier this month.
The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
It comes as Sir Peter Westmacott, the former British ambassador to the US, accused the White House of "peddling falsehoods" and playing a "dangerous game" which risked undermining joint efforts to crack down on terrorism.
Writing in the Guardian, he added: "The intelligence relationship between Britain and America is unique and precious. It is critical to our shared efforts to counter terrorism, Russian aggression, the cyber-attacks of China, the nuclear threat from North Korea and much else.
"It is based on unquestioned mutual trust, between operatives and politicians on each side of the Atlantic."
Mr Comey will testify at the public hearing as part of an investigation by the House Intelligence Committee in Congress on Russia meddling in the US election, including potential connections between Mr Trump’s inner circle and the Kremlin.
This will be the first time that Mr Comey, along with Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, have spoken publicly since Mr Trump took office on the issue that continues to dog his presidency.
In recent weeks, Mr Trump complicated the story further with counter-accusations that the Obama administration conducted a wiretap of his communication devices at Trump Tower in New York.
Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday that he knew of no evidence to suggest that this allegation was accurate.
He also said he had seen no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The House Intelligence Committee is running one of three congressional inquiries into the claims.
Neil Gorsuch, Mr Trump's Supreme Court nominee will also face his senate confirmation hearing on Monday.
In seeking to counter his expected confirmation by the Republican-controlled body, Democrats will make the case that as a pro-business, social conservative he insufficiently independent of the president.
And then on Thursday, Congress is expected to vote on the president's controversial landmark bill to "repeal and replace" former president Barack Obama's healthcare system.
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