Donald Trump sent out an official tweet on his @POTUS Twitter account Monday with startling news. This tweet comes from a source that is different from 45’s early morning tweet storms. The @realDonaldTrump tweets are the ones that are usually of a highly emotional nature. That is what makes the more formal tweet so alarming.
This tweet indicated it was based upon comments made Monday morning by FBI Director James Comey. In this tweet, the president believes Comey proved President Barack Obama and his staff were aware the FBI had its ear to former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s phone calls to and from Russian officials.
The tweet said:
‘FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia.’
FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia. pic.twitter.com/cUZ5KgBSYP
— President Trump (@POTUS) March 20, 2017
In order to prove Trump’s point, the tweet showed a video from Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Republican Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina asked Comey whether he had briefed Obama about the calls Flynn made to Russian officials in the video.
During the hearing, Democratic Representative Jim Himes of Connecticut read the tweet and said the tweet has gone out to over 16 million people. Then, he asked the FBI director to comment on its accuracy. Comey said:
‘That was not our intention, because we don’t have any information on that.’
Comey came to the hearings under a cloud of negativity for influencing Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election. At this point, all of the various 17 intelligence agencies have felt the barb of Trump’s insults, and the FBI director is no exception.
The sitting president alleged that President Obama specifically forced the FBI surveil him. The Senate and House intelligence leaders have both already confirmed that 45’s wiretapping tweet is baseless.
Trump’s transition team and campaign advisor Michael Flynn indicated that he had no communications with Russia and allegedly lied to VP Michael Pence about that. However, the president knew of Flynn’s actions and still allowed him into security meetings in the Oval Office as the president’s national security advisor.
During the Monday hearing, Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers acknowledged a variety of other people had access to the information, including many outside the office of the president.
Check out this video of FBI Director Comey refusing to give Representative Flynn an up or down response on Russian briefings with President Obama:
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