Comey disputes Trump tweet on Russian election interference

FBI Director James Comey on Monday disputed the content of tweet from President Trump regarding Russia influencing the 2016 presidential race.

At the same time that Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers testified to the House Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, the president tweeted a video from his @POTUS account, saying "the NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process."


That prompted Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) to ask the witnesses to address Trump's tweet concerning Comey's and Rogers's testimony. 

After hearing the tweet read aloud, Comey disputed the assertion he had commented on the impact Russia may have had on the presidential election.

"We've offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it's never something that we looked at," Comey said Monday.

Comey was pressed further on whether it was "too far of a logical leap to conclude that the assertion that you have told the Congress that there was no influence on the electoral process is not quite right."

"It certainly wasn't our intention to say that today," Comey said.

"Because we don't have any information on that subject. That's not something that was looked at."

Comey on Monday confirmed that the bureau is investigating Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including any links or coordination between members of Trump's campaign and Moscow.