During a House Hearing to discuss President Trump’s wiretapping claim and any Trump-Russian ties, FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers made some stunning statements not only regarding the two aforementioned main issues, but other highly controversial topics as well. Here are 5 Takeaways from FBI Director James Comey’s House Hearing:
1. The FBI is Officially Investigating Russian Interference in the Election
Although it was very clear that this issue has been one of the biggest debates in the political sphere, there was no formal recognition of any investigation by the FBI. During FBI Director James Comey’s House Hearing, Mr. Comey made it very clear that the FBI is indeed investigating any interference by Russia. Mr. Comey also stated that this interference may include hacking of the DNC and any anti-Hillary Clinton sentiment throughout the Russian Government. “They wanted to hurt our democracy, hurt her, help him. I think all three we were confident in at least as early as December,” were the official words from the FBI Director’s Mouth. So, for the first time, the FBI has officially released a statement that confirms their investigation of any Russian interference in the election.
2. Russian Hackers Did Not Change Vote Tallies
A major issue promoted by Democrats after the election was that Russian hackers had infiltrated voting systems and changed vote counts in order to support one candidate over another. There was actually some Republican support for this idea, despite a clear lack of evidence to back up this claim. So, of course, with the FBI Director and NSA Director sitting in front of them, someone decided to ask both high ranking intelligence officers about this issue. The person doing the talking was David Nunes, a leading Republican from California. Here’s what he asked:
“Admiral Rogers, first I wanna go to you. On January 6th, 2017, the intelligence community assessment assessing Russian activities and intentions in recent U.S. elections, stated that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying.
So my question as of today, Admiral Rogers, do you have any evidence that Russia cyber actors changed vote tallies in the state of Michigan?”
He then whipped off a series of question involving other states, all of which were responded with a quick “no” by NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers. Then, Rep. Nunes forwarded the question to Mr. Comey, where he again was given a clear “no.” Next Question.
3. The FBI is Investigating any Russian-Trump Collusion
“We’re investigating whether there was any coordination between people associated with the Trump campaign and the Russians”
This has obviously been the biggest issue since the election of Donald Trump. Ever since nominees started to be named, a political witch hunt was orchestrated by many Democrats and a number of Republicans, too. So, this particular issue was expected to be a hot one, especially when many of the biggest believers in this claim were sitting in front of the chief investigators into this issue.
The questions was rather nondescript; Comey was probed with a simple question and he gave a simple, shielded answer – there is an on-going investigation. He said he could not release any further information nor any people under investigation.
4. There is No Evidence to Support the Wiretapping Claim
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Ever since President Trump first claimed that President Obama wiretapped him at Trump Tower before the election, it has been an ongoing battle to determine if this is true. Today, FBI Director Comey stated that he has “no information that supports those tweets” and that he has “looked carefully inside the FBI” for any support for this claim. Lastly, he stated that the Department of Justice found nothing to support the President’s claim, as well.
Mr. Comey’s statement(s) on this issue drew much support from Democrats, who have all along said that the wiretapping claim is false. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) said that “President Trump owes the American people and President Obama more than just an explanation, but an apology.”
5. The British never Spied on Trump
A lesser known, more recent claim by the Trump Administration regarded spying of the now-President by British intelligence, directed by President Obama. Since it is a relatively new claim that has zero evidence to support it, NSA Director Michael Rogers could only give a short answer, calling it “frustrating.”
This post originally appeared on RWBpolitics.com