Trump’s triple whammy
Herb Boyd | 3/16/2017, 11:16 a.m.
The Trump White House must be highly agitated after reports that the House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) announced Wednesday that his panel had received no evidence of wiretapping during the last election campaign.
“As I told you last week about the issue with the president talking about tapping Trump Tower,” Nunes told reporters, “that evidence still remains the same, that we don’t have any evidence that that took place.”
Moreover, Trump is outraged that a portion of his income tax returns from 2005 has been disclosed by MSNBC, indicating that he earned $150 million and paid $38 million in taxes, about 25 percent of his income.
“Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, went to his mailbox and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted, referring to the journalist David Cay Johnson during his appearance on Rachel Maddow’s show Tuesday on MSNBC.
In response to Trump’s statement, Johnson told Maddow that the president may have leaked the tax returns himself. “It’s a possibility,” he said, “and it could have been leaked by someone at his direction.”
It’s not fake news that FBI Director James Comey and Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, will testify in the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election in 2016.
The first public hearing on the matter will begin March 20, coinciding with the day the Senate will begin considering the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat in the Supreme Court.
Comey’s testimony will be at the center of the hearings, and at the core of the investigation is the extent to which the hacking by the Russians had any connection to the Trump campaign during the elections.
The news that there is no evidence of wiretapping of Trump Tower during the elections, an allegation made by Trump aimed at former President Obama; that a small portion of his tax returns from the year 2005 is now open to the public; and that the House Intelligence Committee will begin hearing testimony on Russian hacking, means a triple whammy for Trump and his administration.