Trump’s wiretapping claims: FBI Director Comey to testify on Capitol Hill

The unfolding drama of President Donald Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama 2 weeks ago reaches a climax today. The FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.

Comey is expected to say that there was no wiretapping, debunking allegations that Trump has repeatedly refused to withdraw. We also expect that the hearing could shed light on the state of FBI investigations into the extent of Russian involvement in the election campaign.

Republicans hope the FBI director will state that there is no evidence of collusion between Trump aides and officials from Moscow, a move that could break up the cloud of Russian intrigue that has stifled the early weeks of the administration.
President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida two weeks ago started the controversy over by unleashing a couple of tweets claiming Obama wiretapped him, and calling him a Bad (or sick) guy!” for ordering surveillance of his New York residence in subsequent tweets.

In a way, the controversy over Trump’s tweets has left the President in a position where he is most comfortable politically — at odds with the media and the political and intelligence establishment in Washington.

The downside is that the entire saga has evolved into a political distraction at a time when Trump faces various salient issues that will help define his first 100 days in office.

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