The President was accused of twisting the truth as he took to Twitter today
DONALD Trump trolled FBI director James Comey as he live-tweeted the Russian hacking probe hearing today – prompting the FBI to correct his tweets.
The President was accused of twisting the truth as he claimed: “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.”
Comey was forced to correct Trump’s tweet mid-hearing after he was asked to clarify.
The FBI chief said: “I’m sorry, I haven’t been following anybody on Twitter while I’ve been sitting here.”
“We’ve offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it’s never something that we looked at,” he added.
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Comey today confirmed the agency is investigating potential Russian collusion with the Republican’s run for office.
He told a congressional hearing on Russian activities the probe “includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government”.
Comey said agents were working to find out if there was “any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts”.
Trump was called out for his “alternative facts” in a number of tweets today.
In one he said: “FBI Director Comey: fmr. DNI Clapper ‘right’ to say no evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump Campaign.”
But while Comey agreed there was no evidence of collusion in a report prepared by the FBI under the former director of national intelligence, this does not mean no evidence has since been discovered.
Clapper’s spokesman Shawn Turner said on Monday he “could not account for intelligence or evidence that may have been gathered since the inauguration on January 20th”.
Both Comey and Rogers declined to comment.
Trump was also called out for claiming Comey “refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia” – but the FBI boss refused to comment on allegations against any individuals throughout the hearing, not just Flynn.
Comey also punctured President Trump’s fact-free claims that President Obama ordered a wiretap on his glitzy Trump Tower office.
In a scathing rebuke, he said that neither the FBI nor the US Department of Justice has any evidence to support the allegations dished out in a Trump Twitter rant earlier this month.
“I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI”, he said.
National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers addressed claims spread by the Trump administration alleging British spooks helped keep tabs on the President before he was elected.
He told the hearing there is no evidence UK intelligence was involved in any wiretap, calling the claims “nonsense”.
Russia denies it attempted to influence the Nov. 8 Presidential election.
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