Trump Declares 'Fake News' Before FBI Director James Comey's Testimony on Trump-Russia Connections
President Donald Trump is preemptively trying to swat down lingering allegations that his campaign engaged in improper activities with the Russian government during the 2016 election. His actions are almost certainly linked to FBI Director James Comey’s impending testimony before Congress.
James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1490006128
The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1490006988
The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1490007777
What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1490015689
Ironically, Comey has been accused by Democrats like former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada of improperly swaying the 2016 election toward Trump, by mentioning that he would revisit Hillary Clinton’s emails even though there was little reason for doing so.
Comey is expected to testify before Congress on Monday about President Trump’s claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped by the Obama administration during the election. According to ABC News, he is expected to debunk those claims within the first few minutes of his testimony.
During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, the House Intelligence Committee’s ranking Democrat California Rep. Adam Schiff said that he expects Comey will “put an end to this wild goose chase.”
“What the president said is patently false and the wrecking ball it created has now banged into the British allies and German allies and continuing to grow in terms of damage,” Schiff added.
Comey may also discuss whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russian government officials to try to harm Clinton’s campaign and help Trump, a suspicion that has been exacerbated by a number of ties among individuals connected to Trump and both Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and WikiLeaks founders Julian Assange.
“If Comey acknowledges the investigation, it could balloon into a scandal for the still-young Trump administration,” wrote the New York Times on Monday.
Watch the testimony here: