Five Facts to Know About FBI Director James Comey

Lawrence Kim
April 1, 2017

FBI counterintelligence investigations are notoriously lengthy and often involve some of the USA government's most highly classified programs, such as those focused on intelligence-gathering, which can make it hard for investigators to bring criminal charges without exposing those programs.

A Washington Post report was headlined: Comey's testimony humiliates Trump and an NBC News report was titled, Analysis: Comey Delivers Political Gut Punch to President Trump. The House Intelligence Committee will hear from FBI Director James Comey on whether USA officials believe Russian Federation tried to bolster Trump's chances in the election and if there were any connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign aides.

That's why, on Friday, I joined scores of my colleagues in urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign for misleading statements made during his Senate confirmation hearings about two meetings he had with top Russian officials while acting as a senior advisor to the Trump campaign. The director would not say whether the probe has turned up evidence that Trump associates may have schemed with Russians during a campaign marked by email hacking that investigators believe was aimed at helping the Republican defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. He's refused to back down from his assertion that Obama wiretapped his New York City skyscraper during the campaign, despite there being no evidence.

"With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI", Comey said. "We have looked carefully inside the Federal Bureau of Investigation, " and agents found nothing to support those claims. "The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for DOJ and all its components".

The Kremlin has dismissed claims from USA intelligence agencies that President Vladimir Putin authorized a campaign to influence the US presidential election past year in favor of Trump.

Comey also added that the investigation is an open and ongoing endeavor by the FBI, and until the investigation concludes, the information collected thus far is classified to the public.

A separate tweet referenced James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama, who has said that Trump's allegation that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower is false.

The president has repeatedly denied any ties to Russia though several aides have come under scrutiny and his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned after initially failing to provide full disclosure about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Also of interest to the committee are any connections between Russian Federation and associates of President Donald Trump.

"There's a big gray cloud that you've now put over people who have very important work to do to lead this country, and so the faster that you can get to the bottom of this, it's going to be better for all Americans", Nunes said.

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