FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers are set to publicly testify Monday about their investigations into possible links between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign, as part of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into allegations that Russian Federation meddled in USA elections.
When the tweet was pointed out to Comey at the hearing, Comey knocked it down.
But at no point did they suggest Russian Federation "did not influence" the election per the tweet.
President Donald Trump appeared to dismiss questions surrounding his campaign's ties to Russian Federation ahead of a congressional hearing Monday, calling the story "FAKE NEWS" in a series of early-morning tweets.
FBI Director James Comey cautioned against believing reporting on classified information, which he said oftentimes gets the facts wrong.
Himes asked about that as well - Rogers said he didn't want to comment on the tweet, though he did say, "I assume the comment is created to address the leaking of such information".
Several congressional panels have launched investigations into Russia's alleged election interference, including the House and Senate intelligence committees and the House and Senate judiciary committees.
"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?"
In Monday's hearing, Comey confirmed that Trump and his campaign are under FBI investigation for possible collusion with Russian Federation, which Comey said meddled in the election with the explicit goal of helping Trump get elected.
The New York Times and CNN reported in February that USA intelligence officials had evidence of repeated contacts between some Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.
Comey, who announced that the FBI was investigating more of Hillary Clinton's emails days before she lost the 2016 election, said that the Bureau's practice "is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations, especially those investigations that involve classified matters". "Must find leaker now!"
"The one crime we know that's been committed is that one: the leaking of someone's name.", Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Fox News Sunday.
Trump fired his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, last month after he failed to disclose contacts with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office on January 20.
A short time later, a Fox News anchor said, "Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary".
The question remains whether the FBI has opened a criminal investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials.
Trump's next two tweets showed video of the pair of intelligence officials discussing leaks, which Trump and Republicans on the intelligence committee repeatedly condemned as illegal and risky.