President Trump Live-Tweets House Intelligence Hearing

 

President Trump live-tweeted the House Intelligence Committee’s hearing Monday, sending a barb aimed at FBI Director James Comey as well as others defending his position on Russian meddling in the presidential election.

“FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia,” Trump tweeted in his first salvo of the hearing, following several pre-hearing jabs.

 

The genesis of that tweet was Comey’s reply to a question from Rep. Trey Gowdy asking that very question.

“I’m not going to get into either that particular case or any conversations I had with the president. I can’t answer that,” he said, stating he could not divulge classified information

National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers’ testimony also drew a Trump tweet. Rogers was asked if there was any proof Russian hackers impacted the voting in key states.

 

“I have nothing generated by the national security industry,” Rogers answered.

“The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process,” Trump tweeted.

He followed that with a later tweet after Comey voiced a similar conclusion.

 

“FBI Director Comey: fmr. DNI Clapper “right” to say no evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump Campaign. ‪#ComeyHearing,” Trump tweeted

Trump also noted Comey’s comments about leaks. Leaked information has stalked Trump’s presidency.

“FBI Director Comey says classified leaks to the media have been ‘unusually active’ recently,” Trump tweeted.

Trump, who has alleged former President Barack Obama approved surveillance of him before the election, noted that FBI Director Comey admits Obama’s White House had ability to “unmask” American citizens.

Masking, in the world of surveillance, refers to protecting the identities of Americans who are inadvertently caught up in surveillance. Unmasking means revealing those identities.

Trump’s tweets, which came from his official presidential account, followed a morning of tweets form his private account peppering the media and Democrats with criticism.

The U.S. intelligence community has said that Russia sought to meddle in the election.

The FBI has been looking into any ties between Trump advisers and Russian agents during the campaign. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, whose ties to pro-Russia officials in Ukraine have been widely reported, resigned in August as the campaign changed direction. Flynn, Trump’s selection as national security adviser, was forced to resign after it was learned he lied to administration officials about the nature of phone calls he had with Russia’s ambassador.

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