Donald Trump’s official @POTUS Twitter account blasted out video clips from Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election, complete with captions that, at best, obfuscate what was actually being conveyed during the hearing.
In one of the tweets, Trump’s team erroneously claims that that FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers said Russia “did not influence the electoral process.”
The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process. pic.twitter.com/d9HqkxYBt5
— President Trump (@POTUS) March 20, 2017
The accompanying video clip, however, shows a round of questioning from the committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, asking specifically about whether vote tallies were tampered with or changed in certain states where Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.
That prompted Rep. Jim Himes to ask the witnesses to address Trump’s tweet concerning Comey’s and Rogers’s testimony. After hearing the tweet read aloud, Comey disputed the assertion he had commented on the impact Russia may have had on the presidential election.
“We’ve offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it’s never something that we looked at,” Comey said Monday.
Comey was pressed further on whether it was “too far of a logical leap to conclude that the assertion that you have told the Congress that there was no influence on the electoral process is not quite right.”
“It certainly wasn’t our intention to say that today,” Comey said.
“Because we don’t have any information on that subject. That’s not something that was looked at.”
WATCH: FBI Director Comey responds to this POTUS account tweet: “We’ve offered no opinion … on potential impact.” https://t.co/TfSwOXcG01
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) March 20, 2017