FBI confirms investigation and possible links between President Trump & Russia

March 20, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ News

FBI Director James Comey has confirmed the federal agency is investigating links and coordination between Russia and associates of U.S. President Donald Trump.

This is the first time Comey has publicly confirmed an investigation into the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers are testifying on allegations of Russian hacking and whether there were any connections between Moscow and Trump’s campaign. The hearing began at 10 a.m. ET. on March 20th

He said the probe is part of the FBI’s counter-intelligence mission. He said the investigation includes the nature of any links between individuals associated with Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any co-ordination between Russia’s efforts and the campaign.

In his opening statement, Republican Devin Nunes, chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, flatly denied on Monday that there had been a wiretap on Trump Tower in New York, but said it was possible other surveillance was used against Trump.

“Let me be clear: We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower. However, it’s still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates,” said Nunes.

Nunes said “numerous” current and former U.S. officials had leaked potentially classified information, and that his committee intended to identify them to bring them to justice.


Trump tweets hours before hearing

Earlier this morning, Trump accused Democrats of making up allegations that Russia interfered in last year’s election, and said Congress and the FBI should be going after media leaks instead.

Monday’s hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, one of several congressional panels probing allegations of Russian meddling, could allow for the greatest public accounting to date of investigations that have shadowed the Trump administration in its first two months.

“U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia meddled in the campaign to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The FBI has also been investigating ties between Russia and Trump advisers and associates during the campaign.” wrote CBC News Canada.


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