One of President Trump’s misleading tweets regarding today’s congressional hearing of FBI director James Comey and NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers just got fact checked by Comey and Rogers before their hearing was even finished.
Trump had posted a clip of Comey and Rogers with the caption “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.”
The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process. pic.twitter.com/d9HqkxYBt5
— President Trump (@POTUS) March 20, 2017
Unfortunately for Trump, his tweet came out before their testimonies were finished. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Connecticut) read the tweet to Comey and asked him to verify its accuracy.
“Thanks to modern technology that’s in front of me, I’ve got a tweet from the president an hour ago,” Himes said, who then read the tweet aloud. “This tweet has gone out to millions of Americans, 16.1 million to be exact. Is the tweet as I read it to you, is that accurate?”
“It’s hard to react to them,” Comey said, noticeably confused. “We’ve offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it’s never something we looked at. It certainly wasn’t our intention to say that today, because we don’t have any information on that subject.”
— CNN (@CNN) March 20, 2017
At the hearing, Comey confirmed that the FBI has been investigating potential collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government since July, and has flatly denied having any knowledge that President Obama wiretapped Trump tower.
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