Comey Hearing: 5 Key Takeaways

Today FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Donald Trump and his aides connections to Russia. The result: things are not looking good for Donald Trump.

“In the first public hearing on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, James Comey admitted that the Trump campaign has been under investigation since July 2016 and that there is no evidence to support any claims of wiretapping by the Obama administration. Russia’s influence over Trump puts us all at risk, and we need a special prosecutor to investigate this scandal immediately on behalf of the American people,” said American Bridge spokesperson Sabrina Singh.

1. FBI Director Comey admits that Donald Trump is under investigation.
•  FBI Director James Comey officially confirmed that the FBI’s counterintelligence division is investigating links between Trump and his aides to Russia. Watch here.

2. There is no evidence that President Obama or the Obama administration ordered the wiretapping of Donald Trump.
•  On Trump’s tweets claiming that the Obama administration ordered the wiretapping of Trump, James Comey said, “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.” Watch here.

3. The FBI was investigating the Trump campaign in July 2016.
•  At the height of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign’s communication with Russian officials in July. At the hearing Comey said, “we’ve been doing this – this investigation began in late July, so for counterintelligence investigation that’s a fairly short period of time.” Watch here.

4. Despite Trump’s Rhetoric, Russia is an Adversary.
•  While Trump likes to say having a relationship with Russia is a benefit, FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers disagree. Both were asked if Russia is an adversary of the U.S., and both answered, “Yes.” Watch here.

5. Republicans are desperate to change the subject from Russia.
•  Even after James Comey admitted that the FBI was investigation Trump’s connections to Russia, House Republicans did everything possible to discuss leaks and even try to vindicate Michael Flynn. Read Trey Gowdy’s circular questioning here.