Was there a Wire Tap? NSA and FBI Answer Congress

As reported by multiple news outlets, US National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and US Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey are testifying before congress today. The topics being discussed include wire tapping of President Donald Trump’s Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign and Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

As reported by Breitbart News Network,  Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) stated there was no physical evidence of a wiretap on Trump Tower, however, he also said it is possible other surveillance measures were used against President Trump and his associates. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) asked about previous media reports on “wiretapped communications”. Director Comey responded by only saying, leaks of classified material are a serious crime. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) asked Director Comey about President Trump’s tweets regarding former US President Obama ordering a wiretap of Trump Tower. Director Comey said there was no evidence to support Trump’s specific wording in those tweets. It remains unclear if there was a wiretap.

The Associated Press reports that Representative Nunes stated during his opening remarks that the committee has seen no evidence to date that officials from any campaign conspired with Russian agents, but will continue to investigate that question. Representative Nunes also said the committee will investigate who has been leaking classified information about investigations into Russia’s interference and hopes the committee’s hearings will result in a “definitive report” on Russia’s involvement in the presidential election. Representative Schiff stated Democrats on the committee will be focused in part on whether Americans helped Russia with its hacking of Democratic groups and individuals.

Meanwhile, President Trump in tweets this morning weighed in on his take of the hearings and topics that were important to him:

“James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!”

“The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!”

“The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!”

“Just heard Fake News CNN is doing polls again despite the fact that their election polls were a WAY OFF disaster. Much higher ratings at Fox”

“What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?”

 

Breitbart report found here: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/20/live-updates-fbi-director-james-comey-testifies-congress/

AP story found here: https://www.apnews.com/198663a0592248a4a9f41cb367d3511d/The-Latest:-NSA-knocks-down-WH-claim-of-British-spying

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