After weeks of speculation, FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that the FBI is investigating allegations the Russian government interfered within the 2016 election. That investigation is also looking at whether Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russian agents.
“That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts,” Comey told the House Intelligence Committee during a hearing Monday. “As with any counter investigation, there will also be an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.”
Ordinarily, the FBI doesn’t comment on the existence of ongoing investigations, Comey said. But he had received permission to take this “extraordinary step.”
However, during his initial address, Comey declined to give any more information since the investigation is ongoing and concerns classified information. “We need to protect people’s privacy, we need to make sure we don’t give other people clues as to where we’re going, we need to make sure that we don’t give information to our foreign adversaries,” he said.
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