Federal Bureau of Investigation probing possible links between Russia, Trump associatesPor Orquidea Banes Mar 21, 2017
At that same hearing, Comey acknowledged the FBI's investigation into coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
"I just don't want to make it look like we're not aware of the stuff that's been..." he trailed off. There has been enough speculation, and Trump should be pushing for facts and information to be made public. Trump tweeted early Monday as news coverage on the Russian Federation allegations dominated the morning's cable news.
The extraordinary revelation, and the first public confirmation of an investigation that began last summer, came at the outset of Comey's opening statement in a congressional hearing examining Russian meddling and possible connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign.
Peskov said that the participants of the USA hearing on the alleged Russian role in the November 2016 vote in the USA have become entangled in the situation, and while trying to find any evidence proving their claims are "making a go-around". "This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!"
"The real story that Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information". "Must find leaker NOW".
"Following this testimony, it's clear that nothing has changed, senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on record to confirm that there's no evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion", he said, referring to Obama's CIA director and director of national intelligence. "We take them at their word". The world knows the FBI is investigating, and facts are needed - not tweets, and not speculation.
Comey agreed there was no evidence of collusion in a report prepared by the US intelligence community under Clapper, but that's different than saying no such evidence has been discovered.
Two key U.S. officials are set to testify publicly about whether there is any truth behind the explosive, but unsubstantiated, claim by U.S. President Donald Trump that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower headquarters in the weeks before last year's presidential election.
Comey wasn't asked about it directly, but in his opening statement he obliquely referenced a chief complaint of Democrats - that he spoke freely about an investigation into Hillary Clinton but not Trump's campaign during the election. Democrats may think it a victory to get Comey to say publicly what everyone already knew. but that's pretty small beer.
But the public did know before the election that the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton's email server and her handling of classified information.
COMEY, when asked if he was aware of collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation, beyond the findings of the report: "It's not something I can comment on".
A few days after saying Clinton's emails were being investigated, the FBI cleared her of doing anything unethical.
Comey also did damage to Clinton, however, by blasting the Democrat for being "extremely careless".
Flynn "was a volunteer of the campaign", while Paul Manafort "played a very limited role for very limited amount of time", Spicer said, glossing over the fact that Flynn was officially Trump's foreign policy adviser and that he was floated as a potential vice presidential candidate.
The Jan. 6 report does not take up the question of contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation. Trump countered, as you might expect, by blaming Democrats for the FBI investigation, and said what should be investigated are the leaks.
Spicer said Monday that there is no reason to believe Trump doesn't have complete confidence in Comey - for now.
The Clinton campaign in a call to donors two days after Election Day argued that Comey's letter announcing the continued investigation pushed voters in swing states away from Clinton.
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