It’s a big day on Capitol Hill, and it doesn’t look so good for our neon commander-in-chief President Donald J. Trump.
FBI Director James Comey appeared before the House Intelligence Committee today and testified at the hearing regarding all things Russia. Along with testifying whether the FBI is investigating the possibility of Trump colluding with the Russians to manipulate the 2016 election, he was asked about Trump’s wild accusations that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump tower.
What Comey had to say will not please Trump, who previously loved Comey for his hand in the Clinton investigation.
He responded to Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff’s question regarding wiretapping, saying:
‘With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components.’
Cue orange brain bits exploding in t-minus 3… 2… 1. BOOM.
When asked if he believed Obama and the FBI was engaged in “McCarthyism,” Comey responded:
‘I’m not going to try and characterize the tweets themselves. All I can tell you is we have no information that supports them.’
Schiff moved on to address the fact Trump had tweeted this doozy:
‘Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!’
Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
He asked Comey if it was legal to do so. Comey answered:
‘I’m not going to characterize or respond to the tweets themselves. 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 national security case based on a showing of probable cause carefully overseen. It’s a rigorous process that involves all three branches of government, and it’s one we’ve lived with since the late 1970s. That’s how it works.’
Schiff then had Comey sum it up. He asked if Obama could have unilaterally ordered a wire tap on Trump. That’s when Comey shut it down. He said:
‘No president could.’
You can watch Comey’s testimony below.
Featured image via screenshot from video.