Spicer: There's More Evidence CNN Colluded With Clinton Than Trump With Russia
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 6:24
FBI Director James Comey referred to the alleged evidence that Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian operatives during his testimony before Congress on Monday, official sources reportedly told CNN.
FBI counterintelligence investigators are now reviewing and analyzing available materials and information obtained from multiple sources for evidence that senior Trump campaign aides coordinated with Russian agents to release information damaging to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton Campaign.
USA officials told CNN that the agency is now reviewing human intelligence, travel, business and phone records, and several accounts of in-person meetings.
Many cybersecurity and Russia experts share the view that the Russian hacking and disinformation campaign throughout the election was highly conspicuous.
Tight-lipped for the most part, Comey refused to offer details on the scope, targets or timeline for the FBI investigation, which could shadow the White House for months, if not years.
Spicer insisted that Comey's claim that the FBI was "investigating" did not mean that the agency has "proof".
One law enforcement official told the network that the information suggests people "connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready".
The officials had been asked specifically whether they had evidence that Russian Federation had "changed vote tallies" in certain states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida, not whether they'd influenced the election more broadly.
The FBI can not yet prove that collusion took place, but the information suggesting collusion is now a large focus of the investigation, the officials said.
Late in Monday's marathon hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey reminded the nation that he was something of a hostile witness, reluctantly summoned to talk about Russia, Donald Trump and the 2016 campaign. However, officials cautioned that the information is not conclusive and the investigation is still underway.
In his statement on Monday Comey said the FBI began looking into possible coordination between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives because the bureau had gathered "a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power". Some Russian officials have also changed their methods of communications, making monitoring more hard, the officials said.
Comey said Monday that Russian Federation "hates" Clinton and wanted her to lose the election; he added that officials believe both political parties were hacked in 2016, but only Democratic emails were released.
"Doing some jobs right requires being in the news every day, becoming a household name, enraging everyone", tweeted longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines on Monday. Others accused her of involvement in a series of murders to silence people who had information implicating her in various crimes.