Time: The Comey Hearing Dealt President Trump Another Setback

The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation publicly confirmed an investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the November election. “Comey then contradicted several statements by the White House, including the president's incendiary claim that former President Obama had ‘tapped’ Trump's phone,” reports Sam Frizell for Time magazine. Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee focused on the interference and campaign links with Russia, many outlining specific details gained from public sources for consideration by investigators; most Republicans focused on leaks about the investigation with suggestions that Obama administration officials or career intelligence officers may have leaked information to the press and are the key wrongdoers. During the hearing, FBI Director James Comey promised a serious investigation: “One of the things we radiate to the world is the importance of our wonderful, often messy, but free and fair democratic system and the elections that undergird it. When there’s an effort by a foreign nation state to mess with that, to destroy that, to corrupt that, it is very, very serious.” Comey’s testimony ensures the matter won’t be ignored. Key US allies undoubtedly are conducting their own assessments to determine reliability of the US and how much information to share with Trump officials. The committee’s chairman concluded the White House now works under a “big gray cloud.” – YaleGlobal

Time: The Comey Hearing Dealt President Trump Another Setback

The world looked to the US for free, fair democratic system, but FBI director confirms investigation, since July 2016, into links between Trump campaign and Russia
Sam Frizell
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Sam Frizell covers politics and breaking news for TIME in Washington, DC.

Read the transcript of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee with testimony by FBI Director James Comey and Admirel Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and commander of US Cyber Command.

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