DC Daily: FBI Director Comey confirms Russia probe, says 'no information' to back wiretapping claims

President: Democrats 'made up' Russian story
Posted at 6:37 AM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 14:24:56-04

What's happening in the political world:

Comey speaks on Trump's wiretapping claims, confirms Russia probe
-- FBI Director James Comey addressed President Trump's claims that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election. He told the House Intelligence Committee Monday morning, "I have no information that supports those tweets." He also said the Justice Department, along with the FBI, had no information to support the allegations.

Comey also publicly confirmed for the first time that his agency is investigating alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign and whether any crimes may have been committed during last year's election campaign.

"That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts," Comey said in his opening statement to the committee.



Trump says Democrats "made up" Russian story
-- (AP) President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of fabricating allegations of election interference against Russia and creating more "fake news."

His tweets came just hours before a congressional hearing on Russia. The House Intelligence Committee will hear from FBI Director James Comey on whether U.S. officials believe Russia tried to bolster Trump's chances in the election and if there were any connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign aides.

Trump tweeted Monday morning:

He followed up that tweet with:

A separate tweet referenced James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama, who has said that Trump's allegation that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower is false.

Trump also tweeted that the "real story" is the leaking of classified information.

Trump still finding time to get on the golf course
-- Donald Trump was critical of President Barack Obama's time spent playing golf, but now that Trump is in office, many are looking at the number of times he has hit the links since becoming president in January.

According to a CNN report, Trump has visited the two courses near his Mar-a-Lago estate -- Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter -- 10 times in the first two months of his presidency.

"I love golf, I think it's one of the greats, but I don't have time," then-President-elect Trump said during a December 2016 rally in Michigan. "He played more golf last year than Tiger Woods. We don't have time for this. We don't have time for this. We have to work."