For FBI head James Comey, political hot seat awaits

Nick Mcbride
March 21, 2017

In another blow to the Trump administration, Comey also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department have no information that would substantiate Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of him before the election.

How much do you want to bet that Fox & Friends ran a segment on March 20 about how James Comey, 56, and National Security Agency boss Michael S. Rogers, 57, will appear before Congress to testify on the intelligence community's conclusion over Russia's interference in the election?

FBI Director James Comey was set to kick off the week by testifying before the House Intelligence Committee - one of the first public events in the secretive, ongoing investigation into Russian and domestic meddling in the November election, TIME reported.

"I have no information that supports those tweets", Comey said this morning.

"I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI", Comey said during testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same.

Comey confirmed the agency was investigating possible Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA election, including any links between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Additionally, Comey shot down the president's conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election.

The White House did not immediately reply to questions about the content of the tweets, if there would be a comment about the FBI's investigation into whether the Trump campaign had links to Russian Federation and Comey's remarks about wiretapping.

Joining Comey for questioning was National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers.

Mr. Trump wrote there was "no evidence" of Trump campaign collusion with Russian operatives, calling the narrative "fake news" that Democrats "made up" after they lost the election. Also of interest to the committee are any connections between Russian Federation and associates of President Donald Trump.

Comey testified that USA intelligence agencies are agreed that Russia's aim evolved into an effort during the election to aid Trump over Clinton. "It certainly wasn't our intention to say that today because we don't have any information on that subject".

"To put in a homely metaphor, I hate the New England Patriots, and no matter who they play, I'd like them to lose". But questions about the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation were raised well before Election Day. The president, who embraced WikiLeaks during the campaign, didn't say which leaks he was taking exception to, but he has previously fumed over the revelation that his former national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, discussed Obama-era sanctions with Russian Federation during the transition.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will have a similar hearing later this month.

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