FBI director admits to investigation of Russian interference, colluding with Trump administration

Angelo Torres, Staff Writer

FBI Director James Comey confirmed rumors of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election during a testimony before the House of Intelligence Committee the morning of March 20.

Russian interference has been a major point of discussion since the conclusion of the 2016 presidential election. The Trump administration’s relationship with the Russian government and questions about Russian interference has created concern, both by Trump’s opponent and outspoken Republicans.

“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” Comey said in his statement Monday morning.

Comey also added that the investigation is an open and ongoing endeavor by the FBI, and until the investigation concludes, the information collected thus far is classified to the public. The leaders of congress and of the HIC will be briefed in detail on the investigation in private, in a classified setting.

While the information is as of yet unknown to the public, the nature of the investigation includes an assessment of the actions taken by Trump’s campaign to determine if any crimes were committed by the administration.

“[This investigation] 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.”

President Trump took to his personal Twitter account before Comey’s testimony, alleging and asking for equal representation of his opponent’s colluding with the Russian government.

What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI [investigate],” the president asked on the social media site.

While Trump used Twitter to rebut the claims he expected Comey’s to make in his testimony, during the testimony, Comey also denied any credibility to President Trump’s claims of wiretapping by the Obama administration, claims he made the morning of March 4 on Twitter.

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