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News Wednesday, May 3 2017

Five Takeaways From Comey Hearing

May 03, 2017

If President Trump’s late night tweets are any indication, we can expect a robust misinformation campaign from the White House after FBI Director Comey’s testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

But that’s no surprise — remember: the FBI is currently investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to help Trump get elected. It’s in Trump’s best interest to distract from that inconvenient truth.

Here’s what you need to know about Comey’s testimony today
1. Comey again debunked Trump’s repeated lie that Russia may not be responsible for the DNC and Podesta hacks.
WATCH: “In many circumstances it’s hard to do attribution of a hack, but sometimes the intelligence is there. We have high confidence that the North Koreans hacked Sony. We have high confidence did the hacking of the DNC and the other organizations.” 
2. Comey confirmed Putin wanted Trump to win in part because of the opportunity to make deals.

WATCH“The intelligence community assessed that Putin believed he would be more able to make deals, reach agreements, with someone with a business background.” 


3. Comey said it’s possible he will recommend a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. 


WATCH“BLUMENTHAL: I would think that at some point you might recommend that there be a special prosecutor. Would that be appropriate at some point? COMEY: It’s possible.” 
4. Comey confirmed he knew about former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates’ concerns about Michael Flynn being compromised. 
WATCH: “COMEY: The answer is yes. GRAHAM: That she had concerns about General Flynn and she expressed those concerns to you. COMEY: Correct” 
5. Comey said Wikileaks, which Trump has repeatedly praised, releases classified information to damage America. 
WATCH: “In my view a huge portion of Wikileaks’ activities has nothing to do with legitimate news gathering, informing the public,  commenting on important public controversies, but is simply about releasing classified information to damage the United States of America.” 

Published: May 3, 2017

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