When asked in today’s House Intelligence Committee meeting about President Trump’s tweets that the Obama Administration had put Candidate Trump and his campaign under surveillance, FBI Director James Comey said:
“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. The department has no information that supports those tweets.”
However, on his own Director Comey also said
“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and 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. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.
Because it is an open ongoing investigation and is classified, I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining.”
Now wait a minute. Comey says there is absolutely no evidence that there was any surveillance of Trump or individuals associated with his campaign … and then he says the FBI has had Trump and his associates under investigation since July?
Is he truly asking us to believe that they were doing an investigation of Trump and his associates WITHOUT any surveillance? How do you do that?
Again I ask … what am I missing here?
[UPDATE] A commenter asked for the source of the statement that the investigation started in July. Here you go, from the same testimony:
COMEY: It’s hard to say because I don’t how much longer it will take. But we’ve been doing this — this investigation began in late July, so for counterintelligence investigation that’s a fairly short period of time.