FBI director testifies on Russia and wiretapping claims – livee

House Intelligence Committee Hears Testimony From FBI Director James Comey

FBI director James Comey was questioned for more than six hours by the House intelligence committee on the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere in last year’s US presidential election. He is testified alongside the NSA director, Admiral Michael Rogers.

Mr Comey, who came under fire during the election campaign for his handling of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s email server probe, was also questioned about allegations that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower.

Key Developments

  • The FBI director confirmed the agency is probing Russian meddling into the US election, including any potential links between the Trump campaign and the country’s government.
  • The FBI director said the agency has “no information that supports” tweets from Donald Trump accusing Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign.
  • The NSA director said he agreed with the angry statement issued last Thursday by GCHQ, Britain’s electronic surveillance agency, in which it slammed the notion of its spying on its closest ally as “utterly ridiculous”.
  • In his opening statement, Michael Rogers said that the NSA stood by its earlier report on Russian meddling and its level of confidence in the findings had not changed.
  • In his opening statements, Republican committee chairman Devin Nunes reiterated his previous public statement that he has seen no evidence Trump Tower was wiretapped.
  • The Trump administration maintained its position on the allegation that he was put under surveillance as a candidate

Tom Rooney, Republican from Florida, is asking Admiral Rogers about this Washington Post article in which multiple current and former intelligence sources told the Post that Flynn had had multiple communications with the Russian ambassador – ultimately leading to Flynn’s ousting.

Rooney is asking Rogers if the NSA and FBI can go after the intelligence officials who were responsible for leaking this information

Manfort resurfaces in Himes’ questioning of Comey about Manafort’s work in Ukraine for the former president. You can read more about that here.

But bad pronunciation by Himes of the name “Yanukovich” – the former Ukrainian president ! Himes initially says: Yan-OOH-ko-vich”. It’s “Yan-ooh-KO-vich” ….

And here is everything you need to know about the emoluments clause

Another Trump tweet that Comey has just thrown cold water on?

This one, that reads: “FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia.”

https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/843863057516380161

Comey notes – yet again – that his ‘no comments’ hold no significance.

“Please don’t interpret my [no comment] as meaning this or meaning that,” Comey says.

This post originally appeared on Financial Times

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