washingtonpost.com - 42 days ago
FBI director to testify on Russian interference in the presidential election
FBI Director James B. Comey and National Security Agency head Michael S. Rogers are set to testify on Monday on the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and they will also face questions about possible collusion between associates of President Trump and the Kremlin.
The hearing before the House Intelligence Committee comes amid the controversy fired up by Trump two weeks ago when he tweeted, without providing evidence, that President Obama ordered his phones tapped at Trump Tower. [Five things to watch at the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia hearing] In this July 7, 2016, file photo, FBI Director James B. Comey testifies before Congess. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Comey is expected publicly to debunk that allegation, according to the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) , following a parade of current and former senior officials who have said there is no evidence of wiretaps on Trump or Trump Tower. Comey privately told lawmakers last week that there was no basis to the charge. Just hours before the start of the hearing, Trump posted a series of tweets claiming Democrats “made up” the allegations of Russian contacts in an attempt to discredit the GOP during the presidential campaign. Trump also urged federal investigators to shift their focus to probe disclosures of classified material.