March 22, 2017

Comey's probe, Trump's impeachment, and slapping Russia | Moran

21 March 2017, 01:43 | Darnell Patrick

Comey's probe, Trump's impeachment, and slapping Russia | Moran

Comey's probe, Trump's impeachment, and slapping Russia | Moran

Two other senior officials came forward Monday saying the White House had twisted their words - former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Sen. " Independent Journal Review wrote, "Trump has yet to provide any evidence for the claims" and quoted Comey's assertion that "no president could unilaterally order a wiretap of anyone".

"And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts", Comey said.

Comey said was only commenting now, with the Justice Department's permission, because of the extreme public interest in the case.

FBI Director James Comey said in his opening statement Monday the general policy of his agency is to not disclose ongoing investigations, especially those involving classified information. "I can't go into those details here. But it is the way it has to be".

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.

"We have no information to support those tweets", Comey said.

"I fully expect them to continue this level of activity", Rogers said.

As for Conway's reaction to Spicer's reaction, she also was at the press gathering. Then, he poured cold water on the startling claim about Barack Obama that Mr Trump has failed to provide any evidence to support.

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His appearances on Capitol Hill since then have occurred in classified settings, often with small groups of lawmakers, and he has made no public statements on the Trump campaign or Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, both Comey and Rogers say they expect Russian Federation will continue to attempt to influence elections, both in the USA and overseas. "They'll be back in 2020".

Comey's reason to Congress at the time was that he wanted to avoid accusations of a coverup, should more information get leaked, but Democrats saw it as a deliberate act of sabotage of their candidate's chances by the country's top law enforcer.

"But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt United States persons that they have employed in Europe and elsewhere".

"I think that was a fairly easy judgment for the (intelligence) community", he said. Coming in the midst of a heated election campaign, Comey's statement about the Clinton aide's computer was criticized by some as political interference. "Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that the flip side of that coin was he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much". He suggested the Russians were trying to undermine a Clinton presidency, not get Trump elected.

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. "We know there was not a physical wiretap", Nunes said. They frequently limited themselves to confirming the contents of a report issued in January, which said the Kremlin actively attempted to help Trump during the presidential campaign.

The president created a controversy in early March when he tweeted without giving evidence that Obama had wiretapped the campaign as the businessman took on Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

It is important to remember. that to date, for all the noise and for all the accusations, no hard evidence has been provided to show collusion between Mr Trump and Russian Federation.

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