וידאו על חיפוש - Comey Confirms FBI Investigation of Russian Election Interference

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Trey Gowdy to Comey CUT the BS Game & come back with all facts on illegal leaks & Trump-Russia Probe James Comey, Mike Rogers Testify on Wiretapping, Russia: Live Analysis Two Hearings: GOP Focuses on News Media Leaks, Democrats on Trump-Russia Contacts Mr. Comey also said for the first time that there was no information to support Mr. Trump's repeated claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him during the campaign. And National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers agreed with a questioner who contended it was "ridiculous" to suggest that the British intelligence service helped Mr. Obama get information about Mr. Trump's campaign, an allegation that the White House peddled at a press briefing last week by reading a report from a Fox News commentator. The session in the House Intelligence Committee was a tale of two hearings: Republicans focused predominantly on leaks of classified information that led Mr. Trump's former national security adviser Mike Flynn to resign. Democrats focused on contacts between Mr. Trump's associates and Russians, and when Mr. Comey refused to offer specific details, they read from news articles that detailed contacts between Russians and people in Mr. Trump's orbit. It was only deep into the hearing that Republicans began to counterpunch and rebut some of the information presented by Democrats. Big News from Today: Comey Confirms FBI Probe Into Russia Interference -- Including Possible Trump Ties The House Intelligence Committee wrapped up a more than five-hour hearing on Russian election meddling that gave the public some information it didn't have before -- but in the process left many questions unanswered. The biggest news: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey confirmed an investigation into Russian interference in the election and said that the probe included potential links between Russians and the Trump campaign. It was an unusual move because the FBI rarely confirms the existence of ongoing investigations. The confirmation caused the hearing to end on a sour note for Republicans, who came away concerned that Mr. Comey -- who last year infuriated Democrats by disclosing new emails into a closed investigation of Mrs. Clinton -- had now put a cloud of suspicion over the Trump White House. "The longer this hangs out there, the bigger the cloud is," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) said as the hearing wrapped up. "There is a big, gray cloud that you've put over people who have very important work to do leading this country. The faster you can get to the bottom of this, it's going to be better for all Americans." Nunes Accused Comey of Putting a 'Big Gray Cloud' Over Trump Team Committee Chairman Devin Nunes ended the hearing by telling Mr. Comey that the committee doesn't have any evidence Trump people colluded with Russia. "If you have evidence, especially as it relates to people working in the White House, that would be something we really should know about and know about quickly," Mr. Nunes said. He accused Mr. Comey of putting a "big gray cloud" over people who have very important work to do to lead the country. That's the Gavel, but Stay Tuned Rep. Nunes just gavelled out the hearing, and the exhausted-looking FBI and NSA directors have been excused. Stay tuned for some final commentary and analysis from our team of reporters and editors. Comey Suggests He Should Have Been More Forceful Notifying DNC About Hack Mr. Comey says he regrets that the FBI didn’t do more to notify the Democratic National Committee about its hack by Russians before the 2016 election. The DNC was hacked in August 2015, but didn’t hire a forensics firm to investigate the issue until spring 2016. That firm then shared information with the FBI, and the FBI never had direct access to the DNC servers. The FBI alerted a DNC tech to possible issues in 2015, but never took it up the chain when they got little response. "We'd have sent up a much larger flare," Mr. Comey said. "I might have walked over there myself, knowing what I know now." Junior Republican Compares Extended Hearing to Long Car Trip A little color from the dais: Rep. Will Hurd (R., Texas) describes what it is like to be the least senior Republican on a committee that is holding a hearing that has so far lasted more than five hours. "I learned recently the value of sitting in one place for a long period of time," says Mr. Hurd, who last week drove to Washington from Texas on a road trip with Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D., Texas). "Today has added to that understanding." Mr. Hurd worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and then joined a cybersecurity firm before entering Congress. Why Wasn't FBI Russia Probe Disclosed During Campaign? Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York, asks Mr. Comey why, if the investigation into Mr. Trump's contacts with Russian officials, has been open since July, the FBI hadn’t briefed Congressional leadership until recently.