FBI Director James Comey is once again shaking Washington to its core.
"[White House press secretary Sean] Spicer said the president "stands by" his claim, then went on to read off a number of media reports, many of which revolved around the investigation of possible Russian interference in the campaign but not necessarily surveillance of Trump Tower."The response from Spicer lasted approximately nine minutes and involved the press secretary repeating the accusation of possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, which the intelligence committees have not said they have evidence to support".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former senator, recused himself from investigating the matter after it was revealed that he did not answer accurately when he was asked during his confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russian officials during the election.
The FBI director gave few details about the Russian Federation probe, leaving it unclear just who is under investigation. Just as unclear is how long the investigation will take. This is what happens when the White House prioritizes winning the daily news cycle above all else.
Devin Nunes, head of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, made the remark on Fox News.
After the hearing, he expressed frustration with Comey, who dodged questions about whom exactly the investigation might cover.
Trump, minutes after McConnell was booed, urged his supporters, "I want you to give him a nice hand because he is on our side". "I think that's very problematic", Nunes said.
"It never hurts to say you're sorry", Rep. He resigned from the campaign's top post in mid-August, amid an onslaught of negative press having to do with his past work for foreign governments, including pro-Russian Ukrainian leaders.
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.
Monday's dramatic developments are nothing new for Comey, who seems to thrive on drama. The same was true, he added, of the Justice Department. Without indicting her, Comey still laid out specific details of the investigation and described Clinton's behavior as "extremely careless".
Comey and Rogers also condemned such leaks.
It was to get worse for Clinton. Last July, Comey called a news conference to announce the agency was not prosecuting Clinton over her handling of some classified e-mails while she was secretary of state.
"During the campaign, before the election", AP's Julie Pace specified.
Spicer later said he was not aware of contacts between Manafort and operatives, or suspected operatives, of the Russian government.
Comey has irritated members of both parties at different times over the previous year.
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"Investigating it and having proof are two different things", Spicer said.
Clinton allies on Monday contrasted Comey's silence during the campaign with public comments he made a year ago when closing out an investigation into Clinton's email practices and then, shortly before Election Day, announcing that the probe would be revived following the discovery of additional emails.
He chose to do so, and even embraced Comey at a January 22 White House event during which he praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
"And so to start to look at some individual that was there for a short period of time or, separately, individuals who really didn't play any role in the campaign and to suggest that those are the basis for anything is a bit ridiculous", he said.