What New Things Did We Learn From Comey's Testimony?

Responding to FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Russia's suspected attempts to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, a Kremlin spokesman said Tuesday that the intelligence committee that held the hearing is "confused".

Back in January, The New York Times had reported a joint counter intelligence investigation was being conducted by the FBI and United States intel agencies into financial links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and Russia The NYT later reported the Trump campaign was in constant contact with Russian operatives during the campaign.

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.

Comey confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating since last July possible Russian government efforts to interfere in the election, including any links between Trump's campaign and Moscow. But several US officials who also spoke with CNN said it was "premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far, since it's largely circumstantial".

Blunt serves on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, the counterpart to the House panel that met on Monday. While other officials maintained that the evidence gathered so far is inconclusive, this now appears to be the central focus of the FBI's investigation. However, officials cautioned that the information is not conclusive and the investigation is still underway.

The FBI as well as the White House have declined to comment on the CNN report.

Until now, there has been no public acknowledgement from USA lawmakers or the intelligence community of concrete evidence tying Trump or his associates to collusion with the Kremlin.

Former CNN contributor and interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile leaked multiple questions to the Clinton campaign ahead of the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee's debates.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer observed first of all that CNN hedged in its reporting.

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. "And I can't go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now".

  • Larry Hoffman