The FBI denies Trump and denies Obama spying on him
Donald Trump shot himself in the foot. His accusation that Barack Obama spied on him in the election campaign has been rejected by FBI director James Comey. In his appearance before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey has made it clear that the Justice Department has no evidence that recordings were ordered by the former president as the billionaire maintained earlier this month. The denial leaves Trump in evidence and shows the emptiness of an impeachment launched by Twitter in the middle of a scandal over Russian interference in US elections.
The spy scandals have entered a collision course with the president of the United States. In his Comey appearance, he not only denied Barak Obama spying on the billionaire, but admitted that his department has opened an investigation into possible ties between the Kremlin and the billionaire campaign team. Trusted searches put the trumpets against Trump and resurrect the specter of Vladimir Putin in the White House. “If it is true, we would be facing one of the greatest betrayals of democracy in history,” said Democrat Adam Schiff.
Comey lives on the tightrope. Elected by the previous Administration, he is one of the few high officials who survived the post. His upkeep is no stranger to the coup de grace he delivered to Hillary Clinton in the final stretch of the campaign. Within two weeks of the election, she announced that she reopened the Democrat’s e-mail inquiry. The ad gave a high-octane fuel to the republican hosts and put the candidate on the defensive. Trump himself made the favor of an electoral howitzer. “This changes everything. It’s the biggest story since the Watergate, “he proclaimed. After days, the FBI’s investigation concluded, as it had done in July, that there was no sign of crime. But the damage was done. Clinton attributed his defeat to this FBI maneuver and Comey was confirmed in office.
Since then, the FBI director has not been able to breathe a quiet day. The scandal of Russian espionage has become his sword of Damocles and have put him on a collision course with Trump himself. Although Comey has tried to circumvent the conflict, his field of maneuver is limited. US intelligence agencies have publicly confirmed that in 2015 and 2016, Russian Kremlin-controlled hackers slammed the computers of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton senior officials, including its campaign chief John Podesta. The information was later leaked to Wikileaks for dissemination. The goal, according to the secret services’ conclusion, was “to help Trump discredit Clinton.” Barack Obama’s response to this unprecedented electoral interference was the expulsion of 35 Russian officials. President Vladimir Putin, in a clear gesture towards the republican, did not answer. “The Russians interfered in our electoral campaign. Our democracy was attacked and there is much we do not know, “Democrat representative Adam Schiff said at the hearing, pointing to the vanishing point of the plot.
The Russian cyberattack that initially benefited the billionaire has become a nightmare for the White House. The general question is whether the Trump team was involved. The strange connections of the president’s men with the Kremlin have credited suspicions and resulted in major-scale scandals. In February, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had to resign when he met that he had negotiated with the Russian ambassador in Washington to respond to Obama’s reprisals. Weeks later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the ultimate FBI official, had to refuse any open investigation into the Russian connection. The motive was to have lied to the Senate about his meetings with the Russian legacy. “It is possible that all these events and information are completely disconnected and no longer an unfortunate coincidence. It’s possible. But it is also possible that they are not disconnected. Then we would face one of the greatest betrayals of democracy in history, “said Democrat Schiff.
In the face of the scandal, Trump has tried a double turn. On the one hand, he publicly accused the FBI of incompetence for not stopping the leaks on the case or finding those responsible. And at the same time, he threw a gigantic smokescreen when he said that his predecessor had spied on him. “How low President Obama fell when recording my phones during the holy electoral process. This is Nixon / Watergate, “he wrote in a tweet on March 4.
Although momentarily distracted attention, little by little the attack has turned against its author. Beyond a series of conspiracy articles appearing in ultramontane media, the White House has been unable to substantiate the imputation. Figures from the Republican side, such as John McCain, have sapped credibility, and the House of Representatives’ own chairman, Republican Devin Nunes, has argued that there is no evidence of such espionage. The last blow came yesterday from Comey himself, who broke the tradition of reporting on ongoing investigations. “But in these exceptional circumstances, given the public interest, it is appropriate to do so,” he said. Next to Comey appeared the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Michael. S Rogers, who barely gave more than general details of his research.
Although at the appearance, Republican representatives wanted to refer the case to the leaks to the press, the statement that the FBI has no evidence to support Trump’s allegations and that his team’s connections to the Kremlin are being investigated, they returned To center the scandal in the center of the target: Donald Trump.