Trump, White House push back on Russia ties brought up in House hearing

WASHINGTON — President Trump ignored yet another question about his baseless wiretap claim on Monday at a White House photo op.

But he couldn’t keep quiet on Twitter even before the House Intelligence Committee hearing into Russian election meddling began.

Mr. Trump’s twitter account posted there was “no evidence” of Trump campaign collusion with Russian operatives, calling the narrative “fake news” that Democrats “made up” after they lost the election.

Then during the hearing, Mr. Trump highlighted testimony he said indicated no evidence of Russian meddling influenced the “electoral process.”

A short time later, ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff read the tweet to FBI Director James Comey who was testifying, along with Adm. Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency.

“Is that accurate?” Schiff asked Comey.

“We offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it’s not something we looked at,” he said “It certainly wasn’t our intention to say that today because we don’t have any information on that subject. That’s not something that was looked at.”

The president also noted an exchange between Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy and Comey about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

FBI Director James Comey, left, and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, testify in front of the House Permanent Select…

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