President Donald Trump’s tweets may have influenced the Russian hearings in Congress on March 20, 2017. According to Aaron Blake of the Washington Post, Donald Trump reiterated many talking points hours before the hearings began. These may have influenced some of the questions at the hearing, particularly from Republican members.
The House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. David Nunes (R-Calif), began the hearings agreeing that no evidence was found on direct wiretapping of President Trump by the previous administration. Nunes stated that, though there was no direct wiretapping, there could have been other forms of surveillance used on Donald Trump and his campaign associates.
However, as the hearing continued, the questions from Nunes diverged into other areas similar to what the President had tweeted about earlier. He asked FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers about vote-hacking by the Russians during the campaign. Each time the question was put forth, state by state, the response was that none had occurred.
Another key point, brought up in Donald Trump’s tweets, was the leaking of information in the administration. Later in the questioning, Rep. Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla), asked Comey and Rogers about the potential damage such leaks could have on national security.
A final piece of questioning may show that President Donald Trump’s tweets could have influenced the Russian hearings. Rep. Nunes intimated that there might be a connection between Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Russians.
Written by Daniel Osborn
Edited by Tracy Blake
The Washington Post: Trump’s talking points were all over the GOP’s questions at Monday’s Russia hearing
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