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Yes, Obama Did Investigate Trump

21 March 2017, 10:26 | Terri Saunders

FBI Director: No Evidence That Supports Trump's Claim Obama Wiretapped Him

Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

"This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!"

'In the middle of August, he also communicates with the Russian cutout Guccifer 2.0, and authors a Breitbart piece denying Guccifer's links to Russian intelligence. "Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!" he tweeted. He issued his tweet two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who met with Russia's U.S. ambassador at least twice a year ago, said he would recuse himself from any investigation of the matter.

Comey also confirmed that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

He confirmed publicly that the FBI was investigating possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and associates with Russian Federation, part of an extraordinary effort by an adversary to influence the outcome of the 2016 USA election in Trump's favor. "As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed".

While Democrats focused their efforts in the hearing on the hacking and possible Trump connections - Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) went as far as to say that she thought the attack could qualify as an act of war - Republicans focused on the leak investigation and the intelligence community's consensus opinion that the Russians hoped to put Trump in office, rather than merely undermine Hillary Clinton.

Given this, CNN's Wolf Blitzer said that Comey's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee was a disaster for Trump, whom he said now faces a major problem with credibility.

The director acknowledged that the FBI does not ordinarily discuss ongoing investigations, but said he has been authorised to do so given the extreme public interest in this case.

James Comey said he has no evidence to support Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama ordered a wiretap against Trump Tower before the presidential election. "The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components".

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Comey made it clear that no president on his own could order a wiretap; such an action must be approved by a judge. It was brushed away perfunctorily by Comey and the NSA director, Michael Rogers, who also noted the damage done by the White House spokesman repeating a groundless allegation that the NSA had asked British spies to wiretap Trump on Obama's behalf. And, further, that though we now have top officials saying under oath that his assertion and other White House insinuations aren't supported by any evidence, the White House refuses to back down. But then the president's other Twitter account tried make lemonade out of lemons. He told members of Congress on Monday that the Russians, for their own purposes, likely are satisfied with their work - having sowed confusion and undercut faith in the USA democratic process - and may try it again.

"I can not say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining".

In other words, the core claim underlying Trump's tweets is true: people acting on the authority of Obama opened an investigation into Trump's campaign, then criminally leaked mention of it to friendly news outlets in an attempt to derail his election.

Trump's White House was also called out during the hearing for sending tweets about the hearing that Comey deemed inaccurate in real time. Flynn traveled frequently with the president, delivered a high-profile speech at the Republican National Convention and served as his first National Security Adviser.

"Did you brief President Obama on any calls involving Michael Flynn?" But apparently his warning fell on deaf ears at the White House.

Leon Panetta, a former United States defense secretary and Central Intelligence Agency director during the Obama administration, said in an interview that Trump should "acknowledge that he made a mistake, apologize to President Obama".

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