James Comey Russia Hearing: FBI is investigating possible Trump-Russia ties

Mar 21, 2017, 00:46

Representatives Devin Nunes, chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Adam Schiff, the panel's top Democrat, have called FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers to testify as part of their committee's probe into allegations that Russian Federation interfered in United States elections.

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?

Worries about Russian hacks plagued the USA presidential election and its aftermath, with U.S. intelligence agencies accusing Russia of meddling in the race for the White House.

Under questioning from the committee's top Democrat, Adam Schiff, he also publicly contradicted a series of tweets from Mr Trump which declared the Republican candidate's phones had been ordered tapped by then-president Barack Obama during the campaign.

It will hold its first public hearing Monday, in which FBI Director James Comey is expected to be asked to weigh in on the president's claim.

"The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components".

While the hearing is focused on Russia's meddling in the US election and the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation, lawmakers also quickly sought to dispel any remaining support for Trump's allegations.

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.

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While noting that the investigation was "open, ongoing and is classified" the FBI director refused to say whose conduct was under investigation.

The chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has said there is no evidence of a Trump Tower wiretap.

But Rogers and Comey were silent on the question about whether the Trump campaign worked with Russian Federation to damage Clinton's campaign. The account says it is managed by Trump's social media manager, Dan Scavino.

Trump has rejected suggestions that he or his campaign had improper contacts with Russian officials. He told members of the House intelligence committee that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has offered no opinion, and has no view and no information, on the potential impact on the election because that's not something the Federal Bureau of Investigation looked at.

In January, US intelligence agencies took an extraordinary step of publically stating their conclusion that hackers working for Russian Federation broke into the email accounts of senior members of the Democratic Party.

Hours before the committee commenced its hearing, Mr Trump preemptively weighed in on the proceedings, saying that it was a political attack meant to undermine his administration.

"That's something they don't want to hear in the White House", he said.

He added that "will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed". "Must find leaker now!" the President wrote.

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