FBI director expected to undercut Trump claims of wiretapping
Within the first minutes of a much-anticipated House hearing Monday, FBI Director James Comey is expected to officially undercut the wiretapping allegations that have been promoted by the White House for more than two weeks, according to sources familiar with Comey's thinking.
Comey's expected comments to the House Intelligence Committee will mark the U.S. law enforcement community's first public response to President Donald Trump's continuing insistence that the Obama administration "wiretapped" or otherwise conducted surveillance of Trump's presidential campaign. National Security Agency director Mike Rogers will also be testifying.
"It never hurts to say you're sorry," a Republican member of the committee, former CIA officer William Hurd, R-Texas, advised Trump today, telling ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos that the commander-in-chief should apologize for his false statements, which have angered key allies such as Great Britain.
But the hearing Monday is about much more than the unfounded accusations first lodged on Twitter –- its main purpose is to look at how Russia interfered with last year's presidential election, and to understand FBI inquiries into whether any U.S. citizens helped the Russian government.
"I would like the American people to walk away understanding that we were attacked," Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, told ABC News. "The perpetrator was Russia, and there are serious questions about ties" between Trump associates and Russian officials, he said.
Trump needs this to end, because even polls that have typically been more forgiving to him have shown his DISapproval rating going way up. I know he says any polls that aren't complimentary are fake, but at some point, he needs to get real and realize that this is NOT helping him.
Comey said they have looked very carefully into the claims made by Trump about Obama wiretapping his phones, and neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice has found anything that would support the president's claims.
"No president could" tap another person's phones. - Comey