Stefanik questions Comey, Rogers at hearing

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says the Russian operatives may have possibly coordinated the release of information damaging to Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, U.S. officials told CNN.

In his think piece for the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, political analyst Vladimir Ardayev underscored that CNN didn't have any concrete proof to back up its so-called revelations that Russia and the Trump team had been engaged in "the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign". Kate Brennan writes that throughout the hearing, most of the Republicans on the committee demonstrated little interest in the counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump's campaign.

"But I will say there is evidence that is not circumstantial", Schiff said, "and it is very much worthy of investigation".

On Monday morning, FBI Director James Comey testified to the House Intelligence Committee that the agency would be investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the United States' 2016 presidential election.

Campaign associates reportedly worked with Russian links to release information damaging to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to U.S. officials cited by CNN.

During testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, as reported by the Washington Post, Comey said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has gathered information to suggest "a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power".

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. While it wouldn't be the first time the national intelligence community has lied about surveillance on Americans, and our allies, the onus rests with President Trump to prove his allegation.

Sources also said, according to the report, that one of the "obstacles" here is that "communications between Trump's associates and Russians have ceased in recent months".

It's been called a "gray cloud" hanging over the Trump administration - the investigations into possible collusion between Donald J. Trump's campaign for the White House and Russian leadership.

FBI Director James Comey told a congressional hearing he had seen no evidence to support a claim by Trump that Obama had wiretapped his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in NY.

Roughly two weeks ago, Trump tweeted that Obama "wire tapped" Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

  • Leroy Wright