Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Trump defends himself on Twitter against accusations he colluded with Russia to win the election
LA TIMES by Brian Bennett --
As the House Intelligence Committee prepares for its first public hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump took to Twitter to defend himself against suggestions that he or people close to him had colluded with Moscow.
The story line is "fake news" pushed by Democrats, Trump declared.
Two politically fraught, related stories are expected to come together at Monday's hearing.
FBI Director James B. Comey is set to testify about the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Russian spy agencies used cyberattacks and other tactics to influence the presidential race. He'll likely get questions about whether the FBI is currently investigating possible contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Lawmakers are also expected to ask Comey whether the FBI conducted wiretapping or other secret surveillance of Trump or his associates before or after the 2016 election.