DemDaily: Comey’s Confessions
March 21, 2016
Embattled FBI Director James Comey delivered his much-anticipated testimony yesterday before the House Intelligence Committee, a media-packed room and national viewing audience.
Comey was called to testify before the Committee on Russia's attempts to interfere in the US presidential election.The already controversial Comey has been under widespread attack for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails and, in particular, his renewed efforts in the last two weeks of the presidential - a move that many felt cost HRC the election.
Regardless, it strips Republicans of the ability to paint Comey's testimony - which is devastating to Trump - as biased against the administration.
Donald Trump's public flirtation with Russia throughout the presidential election has evolved into a full investigation during his presidency as ties to Russia by campaign and now Administration officials have been revealed
From his first public invitation to Russia during the campaign to "find the 30,000 (Clinton) emails that are missing," to his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin as one who has been "a leader far more than our president," Trump has continued to show a seemingly ignorant deference to the Federation.
On October 7, 2016, seventeen US Intelligence Agencies released a report that concluded that the election was "hacked" by the Russians in an attempt "to harm Hillary Clinton's chances and promote Donald J. Trump," followed by a bi-partisan call by Congress for an investigation - which is now clearly underway.
To Comey: (You have) put "a big gray cloud" over the White House.
-- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-California),
who was also a part of the Trump transition team
On the Trump-Russia Connection
Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating links between Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government.
On Russian Interference in the Election
Comey reiterated the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the Presidential election with the goal of damaging Hillary Clinton.
On the Obama Wiretapping Charges
Comey flatly stated that he had "no information" to support Trump's accusation that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped him at Trump Tower.
On the wiretapping charges, Comey added, "The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components. The department has no information that supports those tweets."
"There's no reason to believe he doesn't at this time,"
-- from Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer on whether the President still had "complete confidence" in FBI Director Comey
Now that the FBI investigation is public knowledge it will be hard for Trump to defend new facts as they come to light - let alone tweet them away.
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