NOT MY ENEMY: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday that he does not believe the media is the "enemy of the people" as President Trump has tweeted, after sidestepping that question during a Senate Commerce hearing earlier this month.
Last week, several Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee pressed Pai about the media in a letter, including asking him whether he believes they are the "enemy," as Trump labeled several major outlets. Pai responded Monday in his own letter: "No."
They also had asked Pai to commit to being impartial when it comes to the media and to notify the committee should the White House attempt to influence the FCC with respect to media interests. Pai in his letter said he would.
They wrote that they found "the lack of full transparency" from Pai during the hearing on the FCC "to be unfortunate."
"Specifically, your refusal to answer straightforward questions about how you view the media and whether you will uphold the First Amendment rights of journalists and media outlets is concerning," their letter read.
During the oversight hearing, Pai declined to directly respond to questions about whether or not he agreed with Trump's statement that the press is the "enemy," saying that he didn't want to "wade into larger political debates."
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COMEY DISAGREES WITH TRUMP TWEET IN REAL TIME: FBI Director James Comey on Monday disputed the content of a tweet from President Trump regarding Russia influence on the 2016 presidential race. As Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers were testifying to the House Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, the president tweeted a video from his @POTUS account, saying "the NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process."
That prompted Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) 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 that he had commented on the impact Russia had. "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.
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COMEY ROUNDUP: Comey's testimony before Congress dominated Washington on Monday.
The FBI director confirmed for the first time publicly that his bureau was investigating whether President Trump's campaign had coordinated with Russia during the election.
Comey also said there was no evidence for Trump's claim that former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaMcCaskill warns blocking Gorsuch could put Supreme Court in 'jeopardy' Overnight Tech: FCC chief gives states more control over internet subsidies | Dems urge Trump to veto bill blocking online privacy rules | House boosts its mobile security Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement MORE had wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign.
The White House, though, hit back, claiming there was also no evidence of collusion and trying to downplay the role of some campaign aides.
Here are the day's biggest headlines:
FBI investigating potential coordination between Russia, Trump campaign
FBI director: 'No information' to support Trump wiretapping claims
White House: 'No evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion
White House: Trump campaign chairman Manafort played only a 'limited role'
Intel leaders express regret over Russian hacking response
Manafort denies links to Russia after FBI director's testimony
ALSO AT THE HEARING: REPUBLICAN FLOATS PROSECUTING REPORTERS: Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyGowdy: Nunes briefed president on matters 'unrelated' to Russia probe Sunday shows preview: Aftermath of failed healthcare bill Has Putin already won? He divides US intel from political leaders MORE (R-S.C.) asked FBI Director James Comey on Monday whether reporters could be prosecuted for leaks -- despite a longstanding tradition and court history of not prosecuting the press. "Is there an exception in the law for current or former U.S. officials requesting anonymity?" Gowdy asked Comey during testimony about Russia's interference in the U.S. election. Gowdy was asking about U.S. statute that forbids the leaking of classified material. The FBI director said there was not an exception for U.S. officials. "Is there an exception in the law for reporters who want to break a story?" asked Gowdy.
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GOOGLE'S EUROPE HEAD APOLOGIZES: Google's European chief, Matthew Brittin, apologized on Monday after advertisements from major companies appeared next to extremist videos on YouTube. The company's European president also said that he would review Google's policies and strengthen enforcement on content that violates the company's terms of service.
"I would like to apologise to our partners and advertisers who might have been affected by their ads appearing on controversial content," Brittin said at the Advertising Week Europe conference.
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FEDS TEMPORARILY BAN ELECTRONICS ON CERTAIN FLIGHTS: U.S. government officials reportedly have temporarily banned most electronics on certain flights into and out of the country.
A State Department source told CNN that affected countries and airlines are being informed of the ban.
The ban does not apply to cell phones or medical devices, but does include laptops, tablets, electronic games and cameras. Those items can be stowed in checked baggage, however.
DISHING IT OUT: Dish, the satellite TV provider, responded to Rep. Anna Eshoo's (D-Calif.) letter to the company, reports Broadcasting and Cable. The company is currently in a negotiation battle that is keeping Dish customers from being able to watch Hearst-owned channels. In her original letter, Eshoo lamented that the companies had not worked out a solution to keep Hearst channels during the negotiations. Dish said that it agreed and claimed that Hearst had rejected its offer of a short-term contract renewal as the two companies tried to forge a new agreement.
NEW HIRE: The Federal Trade Commission's former director of public affairs, Justin Cole, will be joining trade group CTIA as the assistant vice president of public affairs, where he will "will lead the association's day-to-day public affairs and media relations efforts."
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on legislation for broadband infrastructure at 10:00 a.m.
Dem FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will speak at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council event tomorrow at noon.
The Federal Trade Commission's Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen, and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny testify at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on "Fighting Back Against Scams Used to Defraud Americans" hearing at 2:30 p.m.
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