FBI Director To Talk Russia, Trump Wiretap Before House Intelligence Committee

FBI Director To Talk Russia, Trump Wiretap Before House Intelligence Committee

Cheryl Sanders
March 21, 2017

Trump's White House was also called out during the hearing for sending tweets about the hearing that Comey deemed inaccurate in real time. But amid a furor over whether Moscow tried to influence the 2016 presidential race on Trump's behalf, lawmakers said they would make public as much of their probes as possible.

Trump also called on Congress and the United States intelligence community to look into classified-information leaks, tweeting: "The real story that Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information".

"Mr. Putin would like people who like him", Comey said of Russian President Vladimir Putin's feeling toward Trump.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement calling for President Donald Trump to apologize after FBI Director James Comey testified at a House hearing on Monday.

The election season was peppered with irregularities - many of which centered around the hacked emails of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, and the Democratic National Committee - later linked to the Russian government. Director Comey's testimony put the last nail into President Trump's mendacious wiretapping claims.

The White House's official Twitter account sent out a message Monday highlighting comments by FBI Director James Comey, saying the remarks showed former President Obama and his staff may have known the FBI was listening in on former national security adviser Michael Flynn's calls with Russian officials. "Must find leaker now!"

Both the House Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism asked the Justice Department to turn over any evidence supporting Trump's allegations - including warrants and court orders.

Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the hearing will focus on several areas, including the scope of Russia's meddling in the USA election, whether any campaign officials conspired in those attempts and leaks of classified information to the media.

USA intelligence agencies in January took the extraordinary step of stating publicly that they had concluded that hackers working for Russian Federation under Putin's direction broke into the email accounts of senior Democrats and released embarrassing documents to damage Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. But the fact that there's evidence to suggest possible collusion between the president's campaign and a foreign enemy reinforces the need for a special prosecutor to oversee such an investigation.

Trump has found himself at odds with Democrats and Republicans alike, including Nunes, over his March 4 assertion that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has announced a public hearing for March 30.

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