FBI Director Comey Confirms Investigation on Trump's Campaign and Russian FederationPor Orquidea Banes Mar 21, 2017
"Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that certain political appointees in the Obama administration had access to the names of unmasked U.S. citizens, such as senior White House officials, senior Department of Justice officials, and senior intelligence officials".
"We're expecting directors Comey and Rogers to shed light on Russia's active measures undertaken during the 2016 election campaign, the USA government's response, the compilation of the Intelligence Community's January 6 report on these events, and on related questions concerned possible surveillance on Trump campaign associates and on possible leaks of classified information", he said.
Normally, US persons caught up in surveillance of foreigners would be masked, or their names kept confidential, so lawmakers asked Rogers and Comey who would have authority to reveal a person's identity.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has announced a public hearing for March 30. Even the House Intelligence Committee chairman, California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, told Fox News Sunday that he hadn't seen any evidence of a warrant to wiretap the Trump campaign headquarters. "Rand Paul. I do", Trump said.
"I cannot say more about whose conduct we are investigating".
The FBI director gave few details about the Russian Federation probe, leaving it unclear just who is under investigation.
But Comey, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, sought to get the Justice Department, which oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to disavow Trump's claim shortly after the president made it, but the agency has not released any statement. He also said in a statement that Trump "severely damaged his credibility" by tweeting the claim and "attempting to put unproven theories into the fringes of American media into the mainstream".
Nunes cited the case of Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser. The director would not say whether the probe has turned up evidence that Trump associates may have schemed with Russians during a campaign marked by email hacking that investigators believe was aimed at helping the Republican defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. He failed to disclose that, as senator, he had met with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.
Comey said his agency first notified the DNC in August 2015, almost a full year before the party discovered the intrusion into its system and hired outside help to kick the Russian hackers out.
The FBI is investigating any possible coordination between members of the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and there is no evidence of wiretaps on Trump Tower.
There was no finding, though, that hackers affected the actual vote-counting process. Again, this is confounding given how often their names have appeared in stories revolving around the Russian Federation hacks.
Did Trump's aides collude with Russian Federation?
"The accusation that President Obama was actively involved in harming the Trump campaign has now harmed the president himself", O'Reilly said. Documents released last week by congressional Democrats show Flynn received more than $45,000 from RT, the Russian government-backed television network, for his participation at a December 2015 gala where he sat at President Vladimir Putin's table.
"Republican congresspeople wanted to know about the leakers, people within government giving classified information to reporters", O'Reilly said. Schiff asked Sunday. "Was there any form of collusion?" Many Democrats blame Comey's public updates with stoking worries about Clinton's trustworthiness and turning voters against her.
In an aside during a March 8 speech, the director indicated he has no intention of stepping down voluntarily.
"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?"
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