US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Hears from FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers
Washington, D.C. – The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence heard from FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers today. FBI Director Comey testified that “[w]ith respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI.” NSA Director Mike Rogers testified similarly and also refuted that President Obama asked British intelligence to intercept Trump’s communications. Both men characterized Russia as an adversary clearly interested in undermining the United States in many ways.
Congresswoman Hanabusa: I was pleased to hear Director Comey unequivocally confirm the absence of any information supporting Trump’s claim that President Obama wiretapped him or his campaign and I hope this testimony will end President Trump’s irresponsible tweets on this issue. From the testimony today, there is also no question that Russia interfered with the American electoral process and, once the Russians believed Trump had no chance to win the election, they focused all their efforts on undermining Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Although many questions were left unanswered, the investigation continues and I believe will produce further relevant evidence shedding light on the extent of Russia’s interference in our American electoral process. As for the Republicans, their focus on connecting leaks about former NSA Director Michael T. Flynn and Russia-Trump issues to the Obama administration was interesting, but elicited no positive response other than a confirmation that the unauthorized dissemination of classified information is a “serious crime.”