FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed that there is an active FBI investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections, which includes any links between the Russian government and Trump campaign officials, Breitbart reports.
Comey said the FBI 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.”
It was the first time he confirmed that the FBI was investigation possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign.
However, it was not a confirmation of those links, or any wrongdoing.
The remarks came during a highly publicized House intelligence committee hearing, where Republicans focused on illegal leaks by intelligence officials to the news media, and Democrats focused on Trump’s tweets that said President Obama illegally wiretapped Trump Tower.
Republicans questioned Comey and NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers how it came about the identity of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was unmasked during his calls with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and leaked to the news media, as well as the contents of those calls.
Under questioning from Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on how reporters would have gotten that information, Comey responded, “Someone told them that shouldn’t have told them…in an illegitimate way.”
Comey would not confirm whether the leaks were also part of the FBI investigation, since he said doing so would confirm that the information leaked was classified.
Meanwhile, the top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) questioned Comey whether he has found any evidence to support Trump’s wiretapping claims, despite the administration arguing that those comments were in reference to surveillance activities in general.
Comey said the FBI has not found any evidence to support Trump’s tweet.
“I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully within the FBI,” he said.