Comey confirms the FBI started the investigation in July. All he can tell the committee is what they’re investigating: Collusion between Trump campaign and the Russians…
[NSA Director Mike Rogers] said that the NSA has not changed its assessment on Russian interference from January. That report found that Russia did launch a campaign, but it did not change the election outcome. Rogers said NSA found no evidence of vote changes and that no one stole information from the RNC or the Trump campaign…
Nunes and Schiff could not find evidence of wiretapping on the Trump Tower. Nunes said in his opening statement the wiretap didn’t exist, but other forms of surveillance possibly existed.
Comey has no information to support Trump’s tweets that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower and that no president can order a wiretap.
Much ado about nothing at this point, on both sides. That does not mean that all of this won’t have propaganda value for the left; it does and it will.
And the emphasis on the word wiretapping (which Trump originally had in scare quotes) is unfortunate. I believe Trump used the word both as shorthand for the more general word “surveillance,” as well as to get attention. But I think its use gave the left an unfortunate amount of ammunition against him.
See also this:
Comey revealed just enough to stoke public suspicions, confirming that they’re looking at potential links between the Trump campaign and Russia, but gave no further details with which to judge how credible those suspicions are.
Trump made that “wiretapping” accusation to counter the “Russia hacked the election for Trump” allegations. But the Russian-hacking allegations are given credibility by the fact that there’s an ongoing investigation and by the spin the press gives to them, whereas Trump’s allegations are being called unconfirmed and unproven.
I continue to think that Trump’s reputation as president will ultimately rise and fall not on these issues, but on the practical question of what he actually accomplishes or fails to accomplish in terms of policy. That’s slow going right now, although the Gorsuch confirmation hearings have finally begun.
That’s the first step in getting Gorsuch on the Supreme Court: a confirmation devoutly to be wished. And one I believe the Democrats will be unable to stop, although they will try their utmost to do so.