FBI director James Comey has confirmed an investigation is under way into possible links between Russia and associates of U.S. president Donald Trump, as part of a wider probe into Russian interference in the presidential election.
In a rare public hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey suggested on Monday that recent leaks of classified information to the press are not only criminal - they likely fit the definition of espionage.
The House Intelligence Committee will hear from FBI Director James Comey on whether USA officials believe Russian Federation tried to bolster Trump's chances in the election and if there were any connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign aides.
Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice found no evidence that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in Midtown during the 2016 campaign, despite President Donald Trump's claims otherwise, officials said.
Comey told the panel Monday that Moscow's effort, allegedly directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, had clearly sought to damage Clinton's bid and boost Trump. "The FBI is very careful in how we handle information about our cases and about the people we are investigating". The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same.
FBI Chief Confirms Probe Of Trump Aides' Links With Russia
You know they're not going to win, so you hope key people on the other team get hurt so they're not such a tough opponent down the road".
The US intelligence community has publicly blamed Russian Federation for hacks of the Democratic National Committee past year, and suggested the cyber attacks were aimed at steering the election to a Trump victory.
Those in the Trump orbit: Democrats likely will raise questions about Russian links and could include, Quigley said, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, former NSA chief Mike Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The National Security Agency director Michael Rogers also denied Trump's claims during the hearing.
The chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has said there is no evidence of a Trump Tower wiretap.
Comey was first asked to fact-check Trump's March tweets in which he claimed President Obama wiretapped his offices in Trump Tower during the campaign season. "However, it is still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates". "This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it". They, however, had in January took the unusual step, stating they believe Russian hackers broke into the accounts of senior Democratic leaders with the aim of helping Trump in the polls.
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USA intelligence officials have not publicly raised the possibility of contacts between the Clintons and Moscow.
"That would be expressly against the construct of the Five Eyes agreement that's been in place for decades", he said, referring to the intelligence network grouping of the US, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Minutes later, Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the intelligence committee, responded.
Spicer stressed that an ongoing investigation into possible collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign doesn't mean that there was any.
Trump tried to put the attention on leaked classified information, rather than the information itself. "But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt USA persons that they have employed in Europe and elsewhere".
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