Federal Bureau of Investigation director forced to fact-check Trump's live tweets in real time

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 21, 2017

Comey also stated categorically that there was no evidence to support the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower, speculation Trump himself had stated as fact in a moment of Breitbart-induced delirium earlier this month. "As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed". Comey said that no president could order a wiretapping operation against a specific American citizen. The House Intelligence Committee will hear from FBI Director James Comey on whether USA officials believe Russian Federation tried to bolster Trump's chances in the election and if there were any connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign aides.

"I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI", Mr Comey told the House Intelligence Committee in response to a question over Mr Trump's series of tweets earlier this month alleging that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of the phones at Mr Trump's then-campaign headquarters at Trump Tower in NY. Comey said Moscow had always been opposed to Trump's election rival, former secretary of state Clinton. "Without putting it in any kind of context, Wolf, this now hangs out there over the administration like a soggy, wet tent over their heads". Comey testified at the Capitol Monday morning.

"Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I can not say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining", he added.

At a press briefing Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and the campaign is different than actual proof.

Earlier during the hearing, Senator Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the committee, debunked Mr Trump's claim that his predecessor listened in on his communications, but did not rule out other surveillance methods.

He added that Trump "should admit he was wrong, stop the outlandish tweets". Trump countered, as you might expect, by blaming Democrats for the FBI investigation, and said what should be investigated are the leaks. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians use the same techniques to corrupt United States persons that they employed in Europe and elsewhere.

Putin's vendetta against Clinton stem from her 2011 remarks as USA secretary of state alleging widespread fraud in Russia's 2011 parliamentary elections.

Very little of the five-plus-hour hearing was spent on questions about Russia's cyber and information operations during the US election.

Video of that exchange was soon posted on the president's official Twitter account, @POTUS, which is managed by Trump's former caddy and current social media director, Dan Scavino.

"However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates", said Nunes.

Spicer said he was not aware of any White House official being under investigation by the FBI. President Trump took to twitter to trash the newly-announced probe. "They may be back in 2018". Trump himself started the Twitter scrap early in the morning by posting that "James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russian Federation".

"Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!"

"Disinformation, fake news, attempts to release information to embarrass individuals. We simply don't know, not yet, and we owe it to the country to find out".

In an earlier tweet, he called the allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation "fake news".

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