FBI Director Testifies on Russia Collusion, Wiretapping Claims


FBI Director James Comey, left, and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, right, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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At the outset of a pivotal week in Washington, FBI Director James Comey delivered a political gut-punch to President Donald Trump Monday — and the news possibly could get worse for the president in the days and weeks ahead.

In sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said there was no evidence to Trump’s claims that Barack Obama wiretapped him and Trump Tower, as the current president alleged in a series of tweets earlier this month. And he confirmed that his agency was investigating the 2016 Trump campaign’s links with Russia’s effort to intervene in the presidential election. His confirmation of that investigation was “historic,” as NBC’s Ari Melber declared on MSNBC, even as the director declined to discuss details. So, in the span of an hour, the head of the FBI debunked Trump’s explosive charge that Obama tapped his phones. And he contradicted Trump’s tweets from earlier in the morning that allegations of possible ties between his campaign and Russia were “fake news”.

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