FBI Director James Comey, listen to thought in an extraordinary house to clear the air confirmed on a variety of charges in connection with the 2016 campaign, for the first time publicly on Monday, that the office is probing Russian interference in the race, including the possible “links” to the trump team during the defense of the President argue that his predecessor listened to him.
The FBI Director was, as witnesses, in addition to the National Security Agency (NSA Director Michael Rogers, a public meeting of the House intelligence committee. Comey’s testimony could serve to fuel tensions with the White house, which claimed there is no evidence of Trump-Russia agreement.
Comey was careful in his testimony not confirm details of what the Bureau is Russia’s investigation has uncovered, or to be released, the said he could not comment further because the probe is “open” and “closed.”
But he used his opening statement to address head on the probe, the subject-matter of reporting for months. He noted that while the FBI would not usually ongoing studies to confirm, he could make an exception for such “unusual” circumstances.
“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, it’s the inquiry of the Russian government in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential elections,” Comey said. “The investigation of the nature of the links between individual persons in connection with the trump campaign and the Russian government closes, and whether there is a coordination between the campaign and the efforts of Russia.”
He added that this probe “, among other things, an assessment of whether crimes were committed.”
In response, a senior administration official told Fox News that “nothing has changed” on their end: “a Senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on record to confirm that there is NO EVIDENCE of trump-Russia agreements and there is NO EVIDENCE of a Trump-Russia-scandal. … We take you at your word.”
The White house also pushed back on Twitter with the official @POTUS-account used to mark a section of the negotiation, where Rogers and Comey both said they have no evidence that a Russian cyber-actors changed to cover the vote in the swing states.
“The NSA and the FBI-Congress does not know that Russia is to influence elections,” the President’s account tweeted.
Meanwhile, Comey used his appearance to knock effectively, a series of allegations, Trump tweeted earlier carried out this month about the alleged wiretapping, the against him by his predecessor.
“I have no information that supports these tweets, and we have carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said, adding that the same is true for the Department of Justice.
Asked s before Trump ‘ suggestion that the administration was engaged in McCarthyism, Comey responded, “I’m trying very hard not to engage in any of the-isms of any kind, including McCarthyism.”
He also noted that “no President” could anyone unilaterally wiretap.
Rogers also said he’s seen no evidence to support the claims that the Obama administration instructed the British secret service to spy on the Trump team.
The hearing Monday was a rare opportunity for the top intelligence and law enforcement agencies to speak to the public in Affairs, the transmissions for the months covered by the reporting of anonymous sources and speculation. The trump card in times of fed the frenzy with his explosive assertion that the Obama administration listened to the Trump Tower and his phones before the election.
Top legislators on both sides of the aisle said, before and during Monday’s hearing, she had seen no evidence to support the trump card of the prosecution, and Comey reiterated their demands.
“We know that it is not a physical interception of the Trump Tower,” Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said in his opening statement, while saying that it is “possible” have been carried out other surveillance measures against Trump and his staff.
California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking democratic member of the Committee, said definitively on Monday that no evidence has been found to be the “slanderous accusation.”
More broadly, the hearing was, to the accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, and the claims of collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Before Monday, Comey did not say whether it is an investigation of possible trump card-Russia connections.
Before the trial, Trump blasted the story as “FAKE NEWS”. He cited Obama’s intelligence Director James Clapper’s recent statement that there is “no evidence” of the Trump-Russia agreement.
Still, ship the evidence “” evidence existed. He laid out a number of concerns during his opening statement Monday through a long timeline of contacts and agreements trump employee, had with the Russian officials and organizations. These were former National security Advisor, Michael Flynn’s first contact with the Russian Ambassador and precise proposals for the assigning of a trumpet, the WikiLeaks would go in the last year, secretive, according to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In response to trump’s tweets, the ship also tweeted on Monday that: “The intelligence services, the Russians are closed, you disrupt again. This is the reason why the full investigation, it is important to the country. Please stop.”
Trump continues to sound off, ask questions about past contact between “the Clinton campaign and the Russians”, which has been denied by a Clinton spokesman.
To press out the Republicans, a point Assembly of Jehovah rooting, which is leaking classified information. After questioning by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S. C., Comey said that there is a “serious crime” for the dissemination of secret information.
Nunes stressed the importance of the search for leaking classified information, so that they “can be brought before the court.”
The House Intelligence Committee is one of several committees looking into the Russian sphere of influence in the choice.
Fox News’ Serafin Gomez contributed to this report.