On Monday, FBI Director James Comey is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee as Congress investigates claims made by President Donald Trump that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had wire tapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election.
Both Republican and Democratic leaders of the intelligence committees for both the House and the Senate have said that there is no evidence to back up Trump’s claims.
“I hope that we can put an end to this wild-goose chase because what the president said was just patently false,” Representative Adam B. Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “And the wrecking ball it created now has banged into our British allies and our German allies, it’s continuing to grow in terms of damage, and he needs to put an end to this.”
Comey has faced great pressure from both sides of the aisle to say whether or not Obama ordered the wire tapping and to address the allegations outright. What’s more, it is likely that while he is before the intelligence committee, Comey will face questions about the role that Russia played in influencing the 2016 presidential election after several people associated with the Trump campaign and administration have been shown to have ties to Russia.