Federal Bureau of Investigation director rejects Trump wiretap claim, confirms Russian Federation probe

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 21, 2017

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the committee chair and a Trump campaign adviser, urged Comey to complete his investigation as quickly as possible.

But what we learned Monday from FBI Director James Comey's testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee was that Trump's campaign is now under FBI investigation for its possible ties to Russian Federation.

". there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia", Trump tweeted at 6:35 Monday morning.

Does that make it fake news?

"[There are] people in there who are leaking out very, very classified top secret information, most of which was false in the way it was leaked out".

Comey said his remarks were misinterpreted by Trump, pointing out that the Federal Bureau of Investigation found no evidence because the potential impact of Russian hacking's influence was not being investigated. "Must find leaker now!"

"Senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on the record to say there is no evidence of a Trump Russia collusion".

Trump's propensity for deflection won't be successful now.

Monday's hearing, one of several by congressional panels probing allegations of Russian meddling, could allow for the greatest public accounting to date of investigations that have shadowed the Trump administration in its first two months.

Comey gave no details of the classified investigation and said the fact that it exists does not mean charges will be filed.

The other news to emerge from the House committee's hearing is that President Trump's allegation that former president Barack Obama "wiretapped" Trump Tower has now been refuted by pretty much every agency and entity that can possibly refute it. Comey testified that the Department of Justice had not found any evidence to support Trump's claim, which comports with what the House and Senate intelligence committees have determined. He made the claim two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had met with Russia's USA ambassador last fall, said he would remove himself from any investigation of Russian interference in the election.

What no one yet knows is when the investigation might conclude, or whether any of Trump's associates engaged in wrongdoing - criminal or otherwise.

Comey, after saying he hadn't been paying attention to Twitter during the hearing, responds: "We've offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it's never something that we looked at".

A few days after saying Clinton's emails were being investigated, the FBI cleared her of doing anything unethical. But the disclosure of the probe cast a cloud over the final days of Clinton's campaign.

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.

Faced with this political buzzsaw, the White House is doing the only thing it seems to know how to do: deploying innuendos and leaning into allegations of anti-Trump conspiracy theories.

There is a long way to go before any comparisons should be made between possible Russian influence on the election and the Watergate scandal. PT: To include response from Trump administration.

In testifying before the House Intelligence Committee Monday, Comey cautioned against drawing conclusions from his decisions to not comment on certain topics.

The report said the Russian campaign aimed to use computer hacks, leaks, and other methods to undermine faith in the US electoral system and denigrate Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump won't be able to tweet this controversy away, not after Monday's revelation by Comey. The public wants to know that Russian Federation didn't interfere with one of the cornerstones of our democracy - a free, honest election.

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