WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congress is holding its first public hearing looking into Russian interference of the 2016 presidential election. Lawmakers want to know how far did Russia go to try and help President Trump win the election?
Who, in the Trump campaign communicated with Russia prior to the election? And are President Trump's claims that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower prior to election day true?
"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."
FBI director James Comey broke with normal protocol to reveal the bureau is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
"That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia's efforts," Comey testified.
President Trump is likely paying close attention to this hearing. He sent out a flurry of tweets just hours before the hearing started.
The president's tweets claim the Russia connection was made up by the Democrats and the real story was the leaking of classified information.
"I think that's a bit of a dodge. You know, leaks are always an issue," said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). "But the real problem here is you had a foreign adversarial power intervene in our election."
Comey also refuted President Trump's tweets claiming President Barack Obama wiretapped Tump tower during the campaign.
"President Obama could not unilaterally order a wiretap of anyone?" Schiff asked.
"No president could," Comey replied.
Director comey said the Department of Justice doesn't have any evidence to support the claim either.
The White House says President Trump wasn't being literal when he said Trump Tower was "wiretapped," adding that surveillance could occur by any variety of means, not just a physical wiretap.
(Weijia Jiang, CBS News)
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