FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed the agency is investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, to look for possible coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts to influence the November election.
“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’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And 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,” he said.
“As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed,” Comey said.
The FBI director noted that he’s not normally able to comment on ongoing investigations, but that “in unusual circumstances where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so.”
He added that this was one of those cases, and that he was authorized to confirm the investigation existed, but not to provide any other information.
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