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Comey says FBI investigating Russian Federation interference

21 March 2017

Additionally, Comey shot down the president's conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election. Comey confirmed on Monday that there is an ongoing investigation of Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, including any links between Trump or anyone on his team and Moscow.

"This is another embarrassment right now to the president", Blitzer said.

TRUMP tweet: "FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russian Federation".

Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey told the House of Representatives' permanent select committee on intelligence, "I have been authorised by the department of justice to confirm that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election".

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Any lack of detail from Mr Comey would likely be contrasted with public comments he made past year when closing out an investigation into Mrs Clinton's email practices and then, shortly before election day, announcing that the probe would be revived following the discovery of additional emails. "Without putting it in any kind of context, Wolf, this now hangs out there over the administration like a soggy, wet tent over their heads".

FBI Director James Comey, left, and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, testify on Capitol Hill.

"Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I can not say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining", he added.

At the White House, Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to downplay the role of Flynn and Paul Manafort, the second of three Trump campaign managers, both of whom were removed from positions for their connections to Russian Federation.

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This has the potential to be a major point of friction between Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee as it pursues its own investigation into Russian meddling: Should the committee put more effort into finding out who leaked the information than whether there is any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia?

But he added, "If the Trump campaign, or anybody associated with it, aided or abetted the Russians, it would not only be a serious crime, it would also represent one of the most shocking betrayals of our democracy in history".

Democrats sought to highlight such links, and shoot down Trump's wiretapping claim. Flynn lost his job; Sessions agreed to recuse himself from the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election as a result. He made the claim two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had met with Russia's USA ambassador last fall, said he would remove himself from any investigation of Russian interference in the election. Comey said that their positions would likely allow them such information but did not comment on the individual cases. "However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates". Chris Coons of DE, who were both named in a White House press briefing as clearing the Trump administration of any collusion with Russian Federation. "James Clapper and others stated there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russian Federation".

"Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it". "Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!"

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"We know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower". Trump tweeted early Monday as news coverage on the Russian Federation allegations dominated the morning's cable news.