The heads of the FBI and National Security Agency, James Comey and Mike Rogers, testified for hours in front of the House Intelligence Committee Monday, answering questions for the first time about Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and President Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of wiretapping against his predecessor.
The hearing was eagerly anticipated by those looking for specifics on Russia’s suspected interference in the race for the White House, whether Trump associates coordinated with Russian officials and whether the intelligence community had any evidence of Trump’s assertion that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his successor, as Trump had claimed.
The intelligence community had previously said that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election to bolster Trump’s chances and sources had said the FBI was investigating people associated with Trump’s campaign for alleged communication with Russian officials during the campaign. Several top lawmakers have also said they’ve seen no evidence of Trump’s unsubstantiated claims.
Here are the top moments from the testimony:
Comey says he is investigating potential links between Russia and the Trump campaign
Comey told the panel that the FBI 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.”
Comey said he had been authorized by the Department of Justice to reveal the existence of an ongoing investigation, which is unusual for the organization. “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,” Comey continued. “I can’t go into those details here. I know that is extremely frustrating to some folks. But it is the way it has…