Tuesday, March 21, 2017
(The Antimedia) Even in Washington D.C. politics, FBI Director James Comey is a confusing figure. With only ten days left before the 2016 election, Comey revealed the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. That announcement played extremely well for Donald Trump and resulted in a backlash from Democratic lawmakers Dianne Feinstein of California and Tom Carper of Delaware, who authored a letter demanding a briefing on the investigation.
by Staff Writers, March 21st, 2017
Then, earlier this month, the New York Times revealed that Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject President Trump’s claims that Trump Tower was wiretapped by the Obama administration. Comey’s request came in response to two early morning tweets sent out by President Trump on March 4th.
On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee unloaded a barrage of questions upon Comey, and while he refused to comment on several of their inquiries, he did reveal two ground-shaking facts from inside the intelligence community. While both of his revelations were damaging to the Trump White House, specifically their desire for credibility and to put the Russia investigation behind them, he also failed to provide Democrats the nail-in-the-coffin moment they were hoping for.
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Firstly, Comey admitted for the first time on public record that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russian agents. Devin Nunes of California, a longtime Trump ally and chair of the House Intelligence Committee, sought to combat any sense of collusion between the Trump administration and Moscow. “Do you have any evidence that Russia cyber actors changed vote tallies in the state of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio?” he asked National Security Administration director Mike Rogers. In each case, Rogers responded negatively but did stress that the NSA “is a foreign intelligence organization, not a domestic intelligence organization, so it would be fair to say that we are probably not the best organization to provide a more complete answer.