James Comey Confirms the FBI Is Investigating Trump's Russian Connections.
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And Donald is freaking out about it.
FBI director James Comey is an interesting figure in American politics. Prior to the election, his very public handling of the Clinton email investigation made him a constant target for critique from the left and praise from the right. And now it seems like the shoe will make its way to the other foot as today, while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey confirmed that there is currently an ongoing FBI investigation into Russia’s influence over our election and the connections between Donald Trump’s camp and the Kremlin. Additionally Comey confirmed that the FBI has no evidence to support Donald Trump’s claim that President Obama had Trump wiretapped. I think it’s fair to say that this latter confirmation shows that in a real “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here” way that Donald Trump was lying while making that claim.
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For the most part, the rest of the hearing was marked by Republicans attempting to make the investigation more about the people leaking the damning Russia information to the press rather than, y’know, the damning Russia information. Over and over again, Republicans like Trey Gowdy, Devin Nunes, and Peter King made arguments that wouldn’t have been out of place coming from Nixon during Watergate. The whole thing had a real “but isn’t the real villain of All The President’s Men Deep Throat?” vibe to it. Meanwhile Comey and Admiral Michael Rogers (director of the NSA) were unable to answer most specific questions due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. So how did our very stable and not at all unhinged President handle the fact that Comey was going to testify about the existence of an investigation? Well, he took to Twitter of course:
This is the Twitter feed of someone who is shook. It has desperation, poor attempts at deflection, a very weird use of POTUS in the third person, and, like the House GOP, an obsession with the leakers. It’s this last point that jumps out to me. If there was nothing to what was being said about Russias connections with Trumpland and influence in our election, then those leakers aren’t leakers. They’re liars. But that’s not what Trump and the House GOP are accusing them of. No, they’re accusing them of leaking classified information. That seems like a pretty tacit confirmation that the stories that are coming out are probably true. But who knows there are two sides to this argument. Namely:
The drip-drip-drip of information continues.
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