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He was asked, Did the President fire Comey to interfere with the Russia investigation. Well, if he believed that, the simple answer was no. But that wasn't his immediate answer, you could see him thinking about the

Earlier this afternoon, President Trump called me and informed me he was firing Director Comey. I told the president: 'Mr. President, with all due respect, you are making a big mistake' ... Given the way the president has fired Director Comey, any person who he appoints to lead the Russia investigation will be concerned that he or she will meet the same fate as Director Comey if they run afoul of the

Any suggestion that today's announcement is somehow an effort to stop the FBI's investigation of Russia's attempt to influence the election last fall is misplaced. The president did not fire the entire FBI; he fired the

We're working together very well. The whole committee

This strike will not hasten an end to the Assad regime, but it may deter its further use of chemical

There was a cloud hanging over us after the White House

The important work of investigating the Russian involvement in our election never subsided, but we have a fresh opportunity to move forward in the unified and nonpartisan way that an investigation of this seriousness

Bannon says he was put on NSC to 'de-operationalize' it. Think the word he was looking for was 'dysfunctionalize,' . Mission

We can't have a credible investigation if one of the members, especially the chair, is freelancing. None of the committee members have seen this. We only have his representation, and you just can't conduct an investigation that way. Now I think we have this cloud over the investigation," but "we're not going to stop our

We are aware that former AG Yates intended to speak on these matters, and sought permission to testify from the White House. Whether the White House's desire to avoid a public claim of executive privilege to keep her from providing the full truth on what happened contributed to the decision to cancel today's hearing, we do not

It is certainly not normal to go and receive information as the chairman of the committee that you can't share with your own committee members, but you don't share with the president, particularly if the investigation involves associates of the

This is not a recommendation I make lightly, as the chairman and I have worked together well for several years. But in much the same way that the attorney general was forced to recuse himself from the Russia investigation after failing to inform the Senate of his meetings with Russian officials, I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president's campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the

But one thing is very clear: There was no legitimate justification for bringing that information to the White House instead of the committee. That it was also obtained at the White House makes this departure all the more

I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president's campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the

I think the chairman has to make a decision whether to act as a surrogate of the White House – as he did during the campaign and the transition – or to lead an independent and credible

If we issue a report where Democrats find one thing and Republicans find another, both sides retreat to their respective corners and nothing gets

If we were going to walk away and say the chairman is fatally compromised and we're not going to participate, then none of this is going to get investigated by the House and that's just not acceptable. So we're going to soldier

That was not in our view in the public interest and we resisted that. We strongly objected to the cancellation of this

I can't go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence

I don't want to get into specifics but I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of an investigation. The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct, which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he's going to act as a surrogate of the White House. Because he cannot do

Most of the names in the intercepted communications were in fact

It's the first time we've had a real sense of how fragile democracy

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians use the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they employed in Europe and elsewhere? We simply don't know. Not yet. And we owe it to the country to find out. This is the political equivalent of [9/11] in

I think my role is to try to help the Democratic Party to make this investigation thorough and to make it nonpartisan. Sometimes that's playing the role of diplomat, and other times that's using the public spotlight to push the investigation forward. … If we issue a report where Democrats find one thing and Republicans find another, both sides retreat to their respective corners and nothing get

These actions raise enormous doubt about whether the committee can do its work. If you have a chairman who is interacting with the White House, sharing information with the White House, when the people around the White House are the subject of the investigation and doing it before sharing it with the committee, it puts a profound doubt over whether that can be done

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than a entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not

We do not yet know whether the Russians had the help of US citizens, including people associated with the Trump campaign. On the other hand, if the Trump campaign, or anybody associated with it, aided or abetted the Russians, it would not only be a serious crime, it would also represent one of the most shocking betrayals of our democracy in history. Here's where we begin our investigation into Russian interference. If we are going to protect the country, we need to know exactly what the Russians

There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception. ''There's certainly enough for us to conduct an

I hope that we can put an end to this wild goose chase because what the president said was just patently

For a lot of Americans this is the first time to really tune in to exactly what the Russians did and what the investigation involves, and I'd like to walk through with both directors what do we know about the Russian operation? What was its breadth? Our allies, are facing the same Russian

But there is a lot he can tell us about the Russian motivations for their intervention in our elections, how the Russians operate in Europe, what techniques they use and what we should be on the lookout for our

The Russians successfully meddled in our democracy and our intelligence agencies have concluded they will do so

While the president has denied having invested in Russia, he has said little or nothing about Russian investment in his businesses and properties in the United States or elsewhere. This should concern all Americans and is yet another reason why his refusal to release his tax returns should be met with considerable scepticism and

We feel a real sense of urgency about conducting this investigation not only thoroughly but as swiftly as possible. So anything that slows us down is a

Thus far, we have seen no basis for that

I think on March 20 if not before we'll be able to put this to rest. ''I don't think anyone has any question about this, George. The only question is why the president would make up such a

We should be able to determine in fairly short order whether this allegation is true or

To be honest, we don't know yet. I can't say for certain whether that will be possible. I can only say it is very much in the national interest that we do so. Because we cannot allow this to become another Benghazi

We need the confidence of knowing that they're briefing us on the most significant issues. And at this point, I think that's very much in

If there's an issue about whether he is willing to come before the committee, I can say I am more than willing to go to him, and I know there are other members of the committee would join me in that. So, if it's an issue of his not wanting to appear or to come here and face questions from the whole committee, we more than welcome his cooperation in any manner that he is

It's a nonsense request designed to cover up a nonsense tweet. I don't think anyone takes the president's tweets seriously anymore, and certainly not

Section 702 has been a far more impactful and important counterterrorism program and tool. That doesn't mean though that we shouldn't explore whether there are ways to improve any of the protections in existing law or whether there are any changes that we need to make to the structure of the

We should be able to determine in short order whether this accusation is true or

I also think for the public to have confidence that any prosecutorial decision is made truly independent of the administration, that the extra remedy of a special counsel is really warranted

Sean Spicer today tweeted that the administration would have no further comment until this matter was investigated and who can blame him: not even Spicer wishes to have to speak to such a unsubstantiated

If there is something bad or sick going on, it is the willingness of the nation's chief executive to make the most outlandish and destructive claims without providing a scintilla of evidence to support

No matter how much we hope and pray that this president will grow into one who respects and understands the Constitution, separation of powers, role of a free press, responsibilities as the leader of the free world, or demonstrates even the most basic regard for the truth, we must now accept that President Trump will never become that

You see in many parts of Europe a retreat to nationalism, a de-emphasis on human rights. You see in the countries of our NATO allies the imprisoning of journalists. We're seeing an awful turn away from representative government, democracy, human rights, and the rule of

At this point we know less than a fraction of what the FBI knows. There were very large areas that were walled off, and those walls are going to have to come down if we are going to do our job. The director declined to answer those questions. It was unclear whether that was a decision he was making on his own or a decision that he is making in consultation with the Department of

We have reached a written agreement, the minority and the majority in the House intelligence committee, that we will investigate allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump

The committee has reached no conclusion on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, Russian officials or any Russian contacts – nor could we. We have called no witnesses thus far. We have obtained no documents on any counterintelligence investigation and we have yet to receive any testimony from the FBI of potential links between the Trump campaign and

This isn't simply about a change in policy toward Russia, as the administration would like to portray. It's what's behind that change in policy. It's not just that an administration official was caught lying. It's that the national security adviser to the president was caught lying and on a matter of central importance. So this is

The Trump administration has yet to be forthcoming about who was aware of Flynn's conversations with the ambassador and whether he was acting on the instructions of the president or any other officials, or with their

If the allegations are true, (Flynn) has misled the country about something as serious as secret communications with the Russian Ambassador designed to undermine U.S.

The President-Elect's statement that the Russian hacking had 'absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election' is not supported by the briefing, report, or common

It is one thing to say that there was no tampering with vote tallying – which is true – it is another thing to say that the daily dumping of documents disparaging to … Clinton that was made possible by Russian cyber operations had no effect on the campaigns. The consequence of these disclosures was hugely beneficial to the President-Elect and damaging to the Clinton campaign, just as the Russians

That he would accept the transparently self-serving denials of the Kremlin is alarming enough, but that would now cite people like Assange who have demonstrated universal hostility to the United States and its interests takes him into new and even more treacherous

Today, Trump sided with Julian Assange - an alleged sex offender who has hidden out in the Ecuadorian embassy for years and has dumped millions of classified State Department documents that put U.S. persons at risk – rather than our country's own intelligence

We think that more has to be done. We don't think that frankly the steps that have been taken are enough of a deterrent. And you're going to see bipartisan support in Congress for stronger sanctions against

Since the issue is no longer a useful cudgel against Secretary Clinton, I fear the (Republican) majority's commitment to diplomatic security will once again fade, and the State Department could face cuts both to security budgets and to core diplomatic

I wonder whether the tweet the president-elect sent out today is the beginning of his pivot, the beginning of his acknowledgement of the intelligence that Russia has been hacking our

That only works if the country is going to believe and our friends and allies are going to believe and indeed our adversaries are going to believe that the president means what he

That became a laughing point, not a talking point, a laughing point. Any time I do something, they say, Oh, Russia

Given President-elect Trump's disturbing refusal to listen to our intelligence community and accept that the hacking was orchestrated by the Kremlin, there is an added urgency to the need for a thorough review before President Obama leaves office next

It is deeply disturbing that the president-elect has time for rallies but not for regular intelligence

Russia may have concluded that they could hack American institutions and there'd be no price to

Unless we establish some kind of deterrent, this is going to be

Within the IC (intelligence community) there would be such massive resistance to this, it just isn't going to

I don't think the incoming administration will have any interest in publishing the greater part of the

The most that we might expect this administration to do... is to designate it as some kind of a record that would ultimately lead to its availability through FOIA, subject to

America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember

It bears all of the hallmarks of a terror attack carried out by someone who may have been

I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I'm a Muslim, it's not what media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen. But I don't blame them. It's the media that put that picture in their

Here in the United States, our most immediate threat still comes from lone attackers that are not only capable of unleashing great harm, but are also extremely difficult, and in some cases, virtually impossible to identify or

While we have had our share of strong differences – principally on the politicization of the tragedy in Benghazi – I know that he is someone who is willing to listen and engage, both key qualities in a CIA

I would be worried about an impulsive president with an impulsive security

I think it would disastrous if Trump reverses a number of the president's executive policies, including repopulating

Putin as an old KGB officer views the world as a zero-sum game between Russia and the U.S.. Whatever is good for the U.S. is bad for Russia and vice

Any specifics of what the FBI or intelligence agencies may be looking at are not something that the bureau should be discussing publicly. But here, where the director has discussed an investigation involving one candidate, it opens the director up to claims of bias if he doesn't discuss other potential

Americans have every right to be concerned about what they see in terms of Trump advisors and their closeness with the Kremlin, Trump's policies vis-a-vis Russia, Trump's potential financial interest, all of those things ought to be of deep concern to

Whether an investigation is appropriate depends on whether there's evidence of criminal connections. Of course the intelligence community wants to know what foreign influence Russia may be looking to exert in the United

If the director can't clean up this mess, and I hope he will try, I think he ought to acknowledge that he made a serious

The unauthorized disclosure of people's personally identifiable information is never acceptable. I have every confidence that law enforcement will get to the bottom of this, and identify the responsible parties. And when they do, I hope the Administration will disclose who is attempting to interfere with the American political process, and levy strong consequences against those

I know that the release of these pages will not end debate over the issue, but it will quiet rumors over their contents - as is often the case, the reality is less damaging than the

We need to resist doing things that are

This morning, I will be marching in the West Hollywood Pride Parade with a heavy heart, but we will march in solidarity with all those who are the victims of terrorism and

We hope this sends a strong message to ZTE, to China, and to other Chinese telecommunications companies who present serious national security risks not only by evading export controls, but by purposefully compromising supply chain

Addressing the use of social media by terrorists will require a sustained and cooperative effort between the technology sector, the Intelligence Community, and law

I think we ought to be working with our partners to remove the leadership of ISIS that has been sent from Iraq and Syria to organize. That is not a permanent solution, but it does have an impact on their operational

While we continue to gather information about the threat made against the Los Angeles and New York School Departments, the preliminary assessment is that it was a hoax or something designed to disrupt school districts in large

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