It is the moment that all politicos have been waiting for: FBI Director James Comey testifies about Trump’s relationship with Moscow and his accusations of former President Obama wiretapping him.
The dramatic hearing before the House Intelligence Committee found Comey at the epicenter of a political shit storm. Below are just a few of the key takeaways from his testimony that you should know and share at the water cooler this week.
Putin Wanted Trump As President
James Comey’s comments found him remarking that Russian President Vladimir Putin had a “clear preference” for whom he wanted to see as the next @POTUS — and it wasn’t Hillary Clinton.
Trump Is Being Investigated
The FBI Director publicly confirmed for the first time that his agency is investigating possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign as a part of a wider probe into the hacking of Democratic servers and the Clinton campaign.
Russia Wanted To Hurt Hillary
“They wanted to hurt our democracy, hurt her, help him,” Comey said. “I think all three we were confident in at least as early as December,” he remarked, citing Russia’s aim to aid Trump over Clinton.
No Evidence Obama Tapped Trump
Comey also said he had no information to support claims by Donald Trump that he was wiretapped by Obama. “I have no information that supports those tweets,” Comey told the committee, adding that the Justice Department, along with the FBI, had no information to support the allegations.
The White House Got Crunk During The Hearing
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump would not apologize to Obama for the accusations he made, adding that there were still questions remaining about surveillance that “may or may not have taken place during the campaign.”
Russia Hack Explained
Come explained the unclassified report released by the U.S. intelligence community in January that found that Russia attempted to stir mistrust in U.S. democracy. “He — Putin — hated Secretary Clinton so much that the flip side of that coin was he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much,” Comey said.
Michael Flynn Explained
Republicans pressed Comey on how Michael Flynn’s name became public, to which Comey would not confirm any classified reports, but did say the events were “terrible”.
President Agent Orange Tried To Distract Again
“James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence @POTUS colluded with Russia,” Trump tweeted on Twitter after 6:30 a.m. ET. “This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it! The Democrats made [it] up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign.”
Democrats Smell Blood In The Water
Quick to jump on James Comey’s testimony, Democrats argue that President Trump’s conduct had “severely damaged” his credibility. “Trump owes the American people and President Obama more than just an explanation, but an apology,” Democratic Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said. “He should admit he was wrong, stop the outlandish tweets and get to work on behalf of this country.”
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