National Recap: Trump's ties to Russian Federation scrutinized
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 17:34
"I've been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election", Comey said in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. According to the information, Trump's associates possibly coordinate the leak of information that damaged Hillary Clinton's campaign with the Russians.
Speaking to congress about the possible connections between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign, Comey acknowledged that while the FBI does not ordinarily discuss ongoing investigations, they make exceptions in cases of extreme public interest.
The FBI is now reviewing information, including human intelligence, travel and phone records, and meeting reports. Comey's testimony brought back memories of his appearance before a congressional committee in the last weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign.
The expected result was that Comey and Rogers both debunked President Donald Trump's outrageous claim that President Barack Obama had his phones tapped in Trump Tower.
The White House has started to distance itself from two former Trump aides who have been questioned about their foreign contacts.
As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed. "One thing you and I agree on", he said to Comey, "is the felonious dissemination of classified material". "And I can't go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now".
Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC on Wednesday night that there is "more than circumstantial evidence now" that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to disrupts the election. "There's still a lot of information that needs to be discussed", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.
"He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence", the editors write.