Rebuffed by Comey's testimony, Trump tweet teases new theory

By:  @johnrussell, 4 months ago
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Rebuffed by Comey's testimony, Trump tweet teases new theory

Comey responds to Trump tweet at hearing

  • The response amounted to President Donald Trump's first direct public response to Comey's testimony
  • Comey made a pair of statements that could undercut the administration

Louisville, Kentucky (CNN)After the FBI director said he had no information to back up a conspiracy theory pushed by President Donald Trump on Twitter, Trump took to Twitter to tease something new.

The official presidential Twitter account noted Monday that FBI Director James Comey declined to say before a House panel whether he briefed President Barack Obama on former national security adviser Mike Flynn's contacts with Russian operatives.

The response amounted to Trump's first direct public response to Comey's testimony, in which he also confirmed the Department of Justice was looking into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian government. Comey also said he was unaware of any evidence supporting Trump's allegations that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign.

"FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia," said the tweet, which was sent out shortly after 12:30 p.m. ET.


FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia.


It is unclear if Trump sent out the tweet or ordered it. The account says it is managed by Trump's social media manager, Dan Scavino.

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. There's no evidence to back up that suggestion, either.

In testifying before the House Intelligence Committee Monday, Comey cautioned against drawing conclusions from his decisions to not comment on certain topics.

"I know speculating is part of human nature, but it really isn't fair to draw conclusions simply because I say that I can't comment," Comey said.

Rep. Jim Himes asked Comey and Rogers about the White House, to which, Comey replied that it would be hard to comment without seeing the tweets, but Himes, a Connecticut Democrat, pressed.

"It was not our intention to say that today," Comey said, noting that the they have not been tasked with determining the effectiveness of Russia's efforts.

Comey responded, it's not "something that we looked at" as part of Intelligence Community review into Russia cyberattacks, disputing the White House.

Trump's official Twitter account also tweeted an exchange between the Director of the National Security Agency and committee chair Devin Nunes on how there is no evidence vote totals were changed in a series of 2016 battleground states.


The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.


"So you have no intelligence that suggests, or evidence that suggests, any votes were changed," Nunes asks.

"I have nothing generated by the national security industry, sir," Rogers says.

Comey was later asked a similar question and said it's not "something that we looked at."

And Trump's account also tweeted Rogers telling Rep. Tom Rooney, a Florida Republican, that revealing the name of an American swept up inadvertently in a wiretapping would damage national security and future surveillance programs.


NSA Director Rogers tells Congress unmasking individuals endangers national security.


The tweets amount to selective responses in light of a pair of statements Comey made Monday morning that could undercut the administration.

In his opening statement, Comey confirmed -- for the first time publicly -- that the FBI was investigating "the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election," an inquiry which includes "individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts."

Under questioning from Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Comey also told the committee that he had no proof that backed up Trump's unfounded claim that Obama wiretapped him at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.

"I have no information that supports those tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI," Comey said. "The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for DOJ and all its components. The Department has no information that supports those tweets."

A White House official told CNN as the hearing was ongoing that "nothing has changed" based on revelations from Comey's testimony.

"Senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on record to confirm there is NO EVIDENCE of Trump-Russia collusion and there is NO EVIDENCE of a Trump-Russia scandal," the official said. "Obama's CIA director said so. Obama's Director of National Intelligence said so. We take them at their word."

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told NBC earlier this month that he has seen "no evidence of such collusion" between Russia and the Trump campaign.

This story has been updated to reflect breaking news.

CNN's Manu Raju and Tom LoBianco contributed to this report.

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link 03/20/17 10:19:53PM @johnrussell:

Trump's twitter account is hinting that Comey or Obama leaked Flynn's name to the media. 

Anything to try and shift suspicion and responsibility off himself. 

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link 03/20/17 10:24:21PM @kavika:

The spin is YUGE, just YUGE.

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link 03/20/17 10:28:22PM @randy:

To quote Major Clipton from "The Bridge on the River Kwai": "Madness! Madness!"

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link 03/20/17 10:57:26PM @jwc2blue:

So, when does all the "winning" start?

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link 03/20/17 11:02:19PM @randy:

First we have to stop all of the losing....

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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
link 03/20/17 11:51:00PM @sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom:

Is it me, or is it a smidge quiet this evening?

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link 03/21/17 12:44:28AM @randy:

Shhhhh! The right wing Trumpateers had a baaaad day! Their idol was skinned alive and roasted.

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link 03/21/17 12:53:56AM @kavika:

Bad day!! They have had a bad couple of weeks, and it's not going to get any better.

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link 03/21/17 01:36:52AM @randy:

Trump, with his lie about wiretapping concerning President Barack Obama, shoved a long, hog sized, roasting spit up his own ass and out of his mouth. Then, with his continuing to stand by his tweets in the face of all proof that he was just plain fucking lying and that everyone knew it (including him) he climbed up over a fire pit filled with kindling and logs. Today Comey and Rogers lit that fire and now the FBI is turning him slowly as he roasts and he did it all to himself. He will burn over the hot coals until there is nothing left of him.

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link 03/21/17 12:59:08AM @deepwaterdon:

SMAAB1...... Best belly laugh of the night, possibly of the week. The quietness from the RWNJ gallery can be heard from NY to the 'fake' state of Jefferson. Bunch of butt hurts at coffee in the morning.

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link 03/21/17 06:28:13AM @jwc2blue:

Is it me, or is it a smidge quiet this evening?

Yeah, it is.

Except for the sound of deflection coming "out of the past" on the FP.

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Anita Blackman
link 03/21/17 01:03:49AM @anita-blackman:

Tweeting must be the white man's new penis enlargement craze. 

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link 03/21/17 01:21:26AM @aeonpax:

When it comes to stopping Trump, the democrats are less than useless. However, It is Trmp and his gaggle of white house clowns, that will bring upon themselves, their own demise. 

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link 03/21/17 01:29:37AM @randy:

I believe that you are right. The Democrats at least have an excuse in that they are not in control of any branch of the government and will not be until 2018. That said they don't have to be. Donald Trump has an AR15 that has been converted from semi-automatic to full auto, has it pointed at his own feet and has the trigger pulled back hard. When his administration falls (and it will) it will because he shot the hell out of it himself. He says that all he has to do is to sit back an watch Obamacare fail and then blame it on the Democrats. Well all the Democrats have to do is to sit back, give a nudge here and there, and watch Trump destroy himself and take the rest of the incompetent morons in the White House down with him. In fact, they'll help! His own ignorant arrogance and painfully obvious lies will be his undoing. The fact is no one here or around the world believes any of the shit he says any longer. His credibility is at less then zero. And he did it to himself!

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Bob Nelson
link 03/21/17 08:25:08AM @bob-nelson:

Has anyone seen polling data on how many Americans believe Obama surveilled Trump? I would not be surprised that nearly all of Trump's supporters believe it.

What Trump says is TRUTH!

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