Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Everything We Learned from James Comey This Morning

Everything We Learned from James Comey This Morning

US President Donald Trump is the butt of numerous jokes on Twitter after FBI Director James Comey undermined his claim that predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during last year's election campaign. However, he gave no timetable when the probe would be finished.

"The one crime we know that's been committed is that one: the leaking of someone's name.", Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Fox News Sunday.

His tweets came just hours before a congressional hearing on Russian Federation.

But he added, in opening comments to a House Intelligence Committee hearing looking at the matter, that "because it is an open ongoing investigation and is classified, I can not say more".

The same was true, he added, of the Justice Department.

Trump's next two tweets showed video of the pair of intelligence officials discussing leaks, which Trump and Republicans on the intelligence committee repeatedly condemned as illegal and unsafe. Trump is returning from a trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. Rogers is also scheduled to testify.

Manafort resigned from Trump's campaign last summer following allegations of contacts with Russian intelligence officials.

There was a lot of time spent on the criminal nature of releasing classified material and whether it was also criminal for a journalist to publish that information. "Must find (the) leaker now!" he said. Trump tweeted early Monday as news coverage on the Russian Federation allegations dominated the morning's cable news.

Five different congressional committees are also conducting Russia-related inquiries.

But video of the exchange captioned by the Twitter account showed Comey agreeing that Clapper was "right about characterizing the report", meaning the intelligence community's report from January.

He also said that if lawmakers can establish evidence that Russian Federation used "financial entanglement" as a way of exerting influence over the Trump business, they could try and get the president's tax returns.

"Everybody admits that somebody spied on Mike Flynn, and he was part of the Trump campaign", Paul said.

Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice found no evidence that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in Midtown during the 2016 campaign, despite President Donald Trump's claims otherwise, officials said.

The tweet suggests Obama - and by extension Comey - could have been the source of leaked information about meetings between Flynn and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak that eventually led to Flynn's resignation.

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