Transcript for Stunning day of testimony
Let's talk about president routine it's heading to Capitol Hill of course this morning but. It follows that bombshell FBI announcement tent and he has returned to Washington after rally last night in Kentucky to push the Republican health care plan. But that appears to have been overshadowed. By explosive testimony regarding Russia and last year's campaign. And the president silence on the issue here's ABC's are let signs. President trump in campaign mode in Kentucky. Trying to shift the focus to health care this is our long awaiting chance to finally get rid. Obama care. I would back in Washington. All lies and Ron those stunning admissions from FBI director James coney. 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 will be in a break from BI tradition. Only for the first time publicly acknowledged he investigation. That probe includes a look at potential ties between the Russian government and the trump campaign. Because it is an open an ongoing investigation. And is classified. I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining. Testified before a congressional committee. Call me offered this explanation for Russia's desire to metal in the election as. Who'd hated Secretary Clinton so much. That the flip side of that coin was speaking at a clear preference to the person running against the person mediated so much. The FBI director also refuted trumps tweets alleging President Obama wiretapped him. Director Conley was the president's statement that Obama had his wires tapped and trump tower a true statement. I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice is asked me to share with you. That the answers the same department justice and all its components the department has no information that supports those tweets. The White House doubled down on those wiretapping claims. He said that. There's no information to support the allegations that the president made. Against President Obama so is the president prepared to withdraw that accusation apologize to the president where what where where we started hearing. It's still ongoing India office trump is your questions on his evasive. Republicans were more focused on a series of leaks detailing former national security advisor Michael flames calls with the Russian ambassador. We aim to determine who was leaked or facilitated leaks of classified information so that these individuals can be brought. To justice but whom he would not reveal the leaks were part of the investigation. Can't but I hope the hope people watching know how seriously we take leaks of classified information. But I don't want to confirm it by saying that we're investigating it and I'm sorry have to draw that line I just think that's the right way to be. Director coney said the investigation into potential Russian interference started last July and the probe could go on for months maybe even years. The House Intelligence Committee has already promised another hearing on the topic for next week. Diane in Kansas.
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