Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 8:54
In his statement, Comey had said the Federal Bureau of Investigation began looking into possible coordination between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives.
He would not say whether the probe has turned up evidence that Trump associates may have schemed with Russians during a campaign marked by e-mail hacking that investigators believe was aimed at helping the Republican defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
After months of running speculation that President Donald Trump and his administration colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign, FBI Director James Comey announced March 20 that the bureau is investigating possible ties between Trump and Russian Federation.
Carter Page, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, and Michael Flynn - all at one time or another members of Trump's campaign or administration - are already being investigated due to their questionable ties to Russian Federation.
It is hard to say what is driving the FBI investigations, but Democrats should be tired to jump the gun yet again.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said there was no evidence of any collusion between Russian officials and Trump campaign personnel.
White House officials responded to Comey's announcement of the investigation with dismissal, saying there was nothing to investigate because the campaign did not communicate with Russian Federation.
"[CNN] reported that anonymous USA officials told them that information indicates that associates of the campaign and suspected operatives coordinated, which they admit is not conclusive of anything", Spicer said.
The officials have, however, cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation was ongoing.
"Investigating it and proving it are two different things", Spicer said.
The White House also suggested that GCHQ may have been involved in the alleged wiretapping - an allegation which has been vigorously denied by the British intelligence agency and prompted a formal apology from USA officials.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, however, told MSNBC there is "more than circumstantial evidence" of wrongdoing. As I've said from the very beginning of his presidency, that like it or not Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States.