On Monday, FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency (NSA) Director Mike Rogers began testifying before the House Select Committee on Intelligence about the allegations that Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. In addition, the committee was looking to discuss President Donald Trump’s claims that Trump Tower was wiretapped and his campaign was spied on during the election and the time leading up to him taking office.
Before the hearing, the President weighed in on the issue and stated what what he thought should be discussed during the hearing.
“James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” Trump tweeted.
The President went on to say that the Democrats “made up and pushed the Russian story” because they ran a “terrible campaign.”
“The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!” Trump said.
He also shared what he thought the “real story” is.
“The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!” Trump said, before commenting on the Clinton campaign’s contact with Russia.
“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?” Trump tweeted less than an hour before the hearing was set to begin.
During the hearing, Trump used his official @POTUS account to tweet highlights of the hearing.
“FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia,” Trump tweeted, along with video of an exchange between Comey and Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy.
“Did you brief President Obama on any calls involving Michael Flynn?” Trey Gowdy asked Comey.
“I’m not going to get into either that particular case, that matter, or any conversations that I had with the President, so I can’t answer that,” Comey responded.
A short while later he added an exchange between Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, the Intelligence Committee Chair.
“The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process,” Trump tweeted, with video of Adm. Rogers stating that the NSA did not collect information on the domestic intelligence concerning Russia meddling with votes in certain states.
Trump continued with a few more tweets.
“NSA Director Rogers tells Congress unmasking individuals endangers national security,” he tweeted, before another tweet about Comey commenting on leaks.
“FBI Director Comey says classified leaks to the media have been “unusually active” recently,” Trump said.
“FBI Director Comey admits Obama’s White House had the ability to “unmask” American citizens,” Trump tweeted, along with a five minute long video with the discussion of unmasking a U.S. citizen.