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Graham to Trump: Do you still back wiretap claim?

21 March, 2017, 18:56 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez

All eyes in the White House were on Capitol Hill Monday, where a pair of hearings - one into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and another that kicked off the process to confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch - loomed large over President Trump's presidency.

First, FBI Director James Comey said at a congressional hearing on Monday that his agency is investigating links between the President's campaign and Russia's interference in the November election. Comey's statements are sure to fan the swirling controversy about President Trump's ties to Russian Federation continue to distract from the Republicans' agenda. He added some might be tempted to make comparisons between this and previous cases-say, just days before the election, when he fired a rocket at Hillary Clinton's campaign by announcing the FBI had an ongoing investigation into The Dreaded Emails.

"It threatens what is America", he continued.

Manafort issued a statement Monday defending himself against suggestions he played a part in Russia's efforts to interfere with the USA presidential campaign.

Comey's testimony ensures that the controversy over Trump's connections to Russian Federation will continue to dog his tenure as president and slow down the President's efforts in Congress. "The longer this hangs out here, the bigger the cloud is".

In keeping with FBI policy, Comey said he was not able to publicly comment on specific parts of the investigation.

Writing at the blog "Just Security", Ms. Brannen pointed out that Comey let slip how long the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign and Russian Federation has been going on.

The White House appeared to blame "certain political appointees in the Obama administration" for the leak of Flynn's name, pointing out that Comey had testified that they, along with senior Department of Justice and intelligence officials, had access to the identities of unmasked United States citizens.

"We've had eight months and I'm not sure they've advanced the ball at all", Conway told Fox News' Sean Hannity hours after FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the bureau was probing Moscow's attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for DOJ and all its components.

Comey also pointed out that there's no way for a president to unilaterally authorize a wiretap of any individual. Comey's announcement made it official. "When Mr. Trump became the nominee there was some sense that it would be great if he could win, it would be great if we could help him, but we need to hurt her no matter what".

Little new information was unearthed during Monday's hearing before the Intelligence Committee; there have been numerous press reports in recent months citing anonymous officials about investigations into Trump.

Comey said the intelligence community conclusion had determined that Russian Federation "hated" Hillary Clinton and wanted to harm her chances of winning the election.

However, Comey and Rogers repeatedly rebuffed questions about which Trump associates were under scrutiny. After the campaign, Trump's lawyers sent Page at least two cease and desist letters. In fact, Manafort was hired in late March as Trump's convention manager, and was promoted to campaign chairman in May. "It took a lot of guts".

The public friction between Comey and Trump's statements further entangle the Administration, which is struggling to pass the Republicans' American Health Care Act in a vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

-Russia is a serious problem the White House can't just tweet away.

On Monday morning Trump tweeted that Russian Federation was "fake news" dreamed up by his political opponents to distract from their embarrassing losses.

Most of the accusations of collusion with Russian Federation refers to people who were "hangers-on around the campaign", Spicer said, noting that "the greatest amount of interaction" many of those people had with the Trump campaign was receiving "a series of cease-and-desist letters".

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