FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers took to Capitol Hill Monday to testify during what became essentially two separate hearings before the House Intelligence Committee.

Democrats on the panel were focused on drawing connections among President Donald Trump, his campaign, and Russian interference in the 2016 election. Their Republican counterparts appeared to wage war on the leakers of classified information to the press, particularly those who provided the information that led to Michael Flynn’s ouster as national security adviser.

In a number of circumstances, Democrats and Republicans both used their opportunities to ask questions of Comey and Rogers to enter lengthy statements into the record that neither director could provide answers to.

At its conclusion, the biggest takeaways from the day-long affair included Comey’s revelation of the FBI’s ongoing investigation — which started in July, he said — into any potential connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government officials who worked to manipulate the election.

Comey also asserted that the entire Department of Justice was unable to find any evidence that backed up Trump’s explosive allegations that President Barack Obama illegally wiretapped him prior to Election Day, claims from which White House press secretary Sean Spicer later said the administration, and the president, were not backing down.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, used his opening statement to list a number of connections that tie the Trump team to Russia in some way.

“Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence?” he said just prior to Comey announcing the existence of the FBI investigation. “Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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