James Comey testimony 2017/03/20

James Comey Testimony 20th March 2017

Director of the FBI, James Comey testified to the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election along with Director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Rogers.

Prior to their testimonies Ranking Member Schiff made the following comments about a foreign adversarial power, “That foreign adversary was of course Russia and it activated through its intelligence agencies and upon the direct instructions of its autocratic ruler Vladimir Putin, in order to help Donald J. Trump become the 45th president of the United States”, later he went on tJames Comey Quote - The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to inferfere in the 2016 presidential electiono add “Most important, we do not yet know whether the Russians have the help of U.S. citizens including people associated with the Trump campaign. Many of the Trump’s campaign personnel, including the president himself, have ties to Russia and Russian interests. This is of course no crime. On the other hand, if the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it aided or abetted the Russians, it would not only be a serious crime, it would also represent one of the most shocking betrayals of democracy in history.”

James Comey then went onto confirm that he had “been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

Later on during the hearing the following exchange took place between Congressman Jim Himes and FBI Director James Comey:

HIMES: OK. So thanks to the modern technology that’s in front of me right here, I’ve got a tweet from the president an hour ago, saying the NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence the electoral process so that’s not quite accurate, that tweet?

COMEY: I’m sorry, I haven’t been following anybody on Twitter while I’ve been sitting here…

HIMES: I can read it to you. It says the NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral — the electoral process. This tweet has gone out to millions of Americans, 16.1 million to be exact. Is the tweet, as I read it to you, the NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence the electoral process. Is that accurate?

COMEY: Well, it’s hard for me to react to that, let me just tell you what we understand the — the state of what we’ve said is. We’ve offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it’s never something that we looked at.

HIMES: OK. So it’s not too far of a logical leap to conclude that your — that the assertion that you have told the Congress that there was no influence on the electoral process is not quite right?

COMEY: Right, it wasn’t — it certainly wasn’t our intention to say that today because we don’t have any information on that subject. And that’s not something that was looked at. Washington Post transcript of James Comey Testimony

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