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FBI Director James Comey confirms probe on Russian interference in U.S. elections

20 March, 2017, 19:54 | Author: Mae Harvey

Comey told a congressional hearing on Russian activities that the probe "includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".

He acknowledged that the FBI does not ordinarily discuss ongoing investigations, but said he'd been authorized to do so given the extreme public interest in this case.

Adam Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Per the Times, Comey was itching to speak up publicly after Trump first accused Obama of wiretapping him but the DOJ told him not to say anything.

"Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I can not say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining", Comey said.

Comey added that it also held true for the Department of Justice.

A separate tweet referenced James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama, who has said that Trump's allegation that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower is false.

However, representative Devin Nunes, a California Republican whose committee is one of several investigating, said that other forms of surveillance of Mr Trump and his associates have not been ruled out.

President Donald Trump walks to the White House after arriving on Marine One, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Washington. Trump is returning from a trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.

Mr Comey was testifying along with National Security Agency director Michael Rogers.

Comey refused to comment when asked by Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) if the investigation had uncovered evidence of collision between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

"The real story that Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!" Trump tweeted early Monday as news coverage on the Russian Federation allegations dominated the morning's cable news.

Mr Trump also suggested, without evidence, that Mrs Clinton's campaign was in contact with Russian Federation and had possibly thwarted a federal investigation.

USA intelligence officials have not publicly raised the possibility of contacts between the Clintons and Moscow.

He said the FBI started investigating the matter in July and that its work was still in the early stages.

He'll be asked about wiretapping, or any other form of surveillance, at Trump Tower sometime soon.

"I was surprised to see Director Clapper say that because I don't think you can make that claim categorically as he did. However, we continue to investigate this question", he said.

Mr Nunes said: "For the first time, the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russian Federation poses. They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe".

USA officials are taking fingerprints of asylum seekers in an Australian-run camp on the Pacific island of Nauru, signaling that vetting of applicants for resettlement in what Trump calls a "dumb deal" has restarted.

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