FBI investigation continues into Trump-Russia links

The FBI director confirmed the agency is investigating Russia's influence on the 2016 US election, despite President Donald Trump calling reports on Russian ties "fake news".

"There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception", said Democratic congressman from California Adam Schiff on NBC.

FBI Director James Comey was referring to this piece of information when he announced before the Congress, few days before, that the agency was investigating Trump campaign's ties with Russia, CNN quoted a source as saying.

Earlier, Comey said he had received authorization from the Justice Department to confirm there is an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into possible "coordination" between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

In what CNN called "breaking news" Wednesday night, anchor Anderson Cooper said the network, "has learned new details of the FBI investigation into potential links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer criticized CNN at Thursday's press briefing for reporting that USA officials are investigating associates of the president who may have communicated with suspected Russian operatives.

Asked by CNN, the White House declined to comment on this information, but had maintained on Monday there was no evidence of the alleged electoral plot between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

"This work is very complex, and there is no way for me to give you a timetable for when it will be done", said Comey to the House Intelligence Committee.

United States intelligence community confident Russian Federation behind election cyberattacks.

One of the obstacles the sources say the Federal Bureau of Investigation now faces in finding conclusive intelligence is that communications between Trump's associates and Russians have ceased in recent months given the public focus on Russia's alleged ties to the Trump campaign.

Majority Republicans concentrated their questions on leaks of classified information - a concern that Trump frequently mentions - and media reports on issues such as contacts between former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian officials.

The president created a controversy in early March when he tweeted without giving evidence that Obama had wiretapped the campaign as the Republican businessman took on Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

The revelation came amid Trump's almost three-week wiretapping crusade, in which he accused the Obama administration of possibly coordinating with domestic and global entities to surveil Trump and his associates during the campaign.

  • Leroy Wright