The House Intelligence Committee on Monday held an unusual open hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and related issues.
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.
But Mr Comey may feel compelled to respond to Mr Trump's unproven Twitter assertions Barack Obama ordered a wiretapping of Trump Tower during the campaign. "Much higher ratings at Fox", Trump said. There's no evidence to back up that suggestion, either. Democrats pressed for details on the status of the FBI's investigation, while Republicans repeatedly focused on news coverage and possible improper disclosures of classified information developed through surveillance.
That's how improbable it seems that Comey actually talked about his hatred of the New England Patriots while speaking about investigations into Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 election.
The White House wasn't done tweeting.
Republicans say there is no proof of collusion, and they are ready to move on from Mr. Trump's unsubstantiated claims about wiretapping. I can tell you in general, as Admiral Rogers and I were just saying, there is a statutory framework in the United States under which courts grant permission for electronic surveillance, either in a criminal case or a national security case.
". There is a lot of work involved, but we are going to get to the bottom of this".
This question was asked by lawmakers of both parties early in the hearing, and then the conversation moved on to other issues.
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.
"We've offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it's never something that we looked at", Comey replied. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same.
A White House official told CNN as the hearing was ongoing that "nothing has changed" based on revelations from Comey's testimony. But there have been questions for months about coziness between Trump and members of his administration with Russian Federation. "Obama's Central Intelligence Agency director said so".