In testimony this morning in front of a congressional committee, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the FBI and the Justice Department are continuing to investigate the Russian government over possible meddling into the 2016 elections.
In addition, Comey said he would not publicly discuss certain details of the ongoing investigation into Russia.
Comey also told the committee that they have uncovered no evidence that the United States government and President Obama ever conducted wiretaps of President Trump’s phones.
While it is important that Comey keep certain details of the investigation out of the public, it hurts President Trump’s ability to lead. By allowing questions to linger, the Trump administration is constantly on the defensive. Any delay from the FBI in exonerating President Trump over allegations of collusion with Russia extends the controversy.
Among Comey’s statements to the committee this morning were the following.
“The FBI, as part of our counter intelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 Presidential election. 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. This will also include whether any crimes were committed.”
“Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining.”
In regards to President Trump’s allegations that Obama tapped his phones, Comey said this.
“No individual in the United States can direct surveillance of anyone. It has to go through a process and be ordered by a court. No president could.”
Here is video of some of his statements.
H/T: The Gateway Pundit
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