FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers testified before the House Intelligence Committee Monday. Good questions were raised and I want to review them in this blog. Here are some of the most probing questions and answers from the hearing:
1. Is the FBI investigating possible connections between the Russian government and the Trump campaign? : James Comey said in his opening statement: “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.” The answer is yes, the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
2. Is there any evidence to confirm Trump’s tweets alleging that Barack Obama wire tapped Trump Towers? Comey said, “I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI.” Comey went further by saying the Justice Department has no evidence to support Trump’s tweets.
3. Did the Russian government interfere with the election in order to help Donald Trump win the presidency? Comey said, “They wanted to hurt our democracy, hurt her and help him.” Comey also said, “Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that the flip side of that coin was that he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much.” This answer means the Russian government interfered in order to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump.
Donald Trump was watching and tweeting during the hearing. Trump’s tweets show that he is disconnected from the facts. Trump tweeted , “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.” Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., fact checked this tweet by reading it to Comey during the hearing. Comey responded by saying, “We’ve offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it’s never something that we’ve looked at.”
Trump was tweeting in order to deflect attention from the devastating news that his administration is being investigated. Today was a dark day in Trump’s nascent presidency.