Tuesday March 21, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. It was the biggest story of the day Monday. FBI Director James Comey appeared on Capitol Hill before the House Intelligence Committee. In his opening statement Comey dropped a bombshell. Comey stated “I’ve 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. 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 effort.”
2. The other shoe that dropped during the hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, was Comey rebuffing President Trump’s Twitter claim that former President Obama was involved with or ordered the “wiretapping” of the Trump Tower during the Presidential campaign season. Comey stated that “has no information that supports” the Presidents assertion that Obama had Trump “wiretapped.”
3. Also, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Admiral Rogers, the NSA director, dismissed the notion that Britain’s GCHQ intelligence service spied on Trump at Obama’s direction. President Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, made the claim last week that President Obama went around the NSA, FBI and CIA to have British Intelligence spy on the Trump campaign. Rogers answered sternly that the Obama Administration made no request and if it had it would have been illegal.
4. In other news, officals within the administration announced a new travel restrictions from 10 Muslim run countries. The new rule will go into effect Tuesday, requires travelers from 10 airports in eight countries, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to prohibit “carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited.” Not included in the ban are cellphones and medical devices are excluded from the ban.
5. The Hill was a popular place to be Monday and will continue again today, Tuesday. The confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch are taking place. “Sitting here I am acutely aware of my own imperfections,” he said at the top of his remarks. “But I pledge to each of you and to the American people that, if confirmed, I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution.”
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