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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:46 AM

FBI chief James Comey confirms Trump campaign's ties to Russia are under investigation

Source: RawStory

Comey confirms Trump campaigns ties to Russia are being investigated and, if possible, prosecuted

TANA GANEVA
20 MAR 2017 AT 10:38 ET

On Monday, FBI director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee. In the widely anticipated hearing, the head of the FBI confirmed the existence of an FBI investigation into Russias role in the election.

As you know it is our practice not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations. In unusual circumstances, that might be appropriate, Comey said. He then noted that these are unusual circumstances.

I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to disclose that the FBI is investigating the Russian governments interference in the US elections, Comey said.

Earlier in the morning, Donald Trump took to Twitter to make his case.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/comey-confirms-trump-campaigns-ties-to-russia-are-being-investigated-and-if-possible-prosecuted/



Comey Confirms FBI Is Probing Contacts Between Trump Camp, Russian Officials

By ALICE OLLSTEIN Published MARCH 20, 2017, 10:41 AM EDT

FBI Director James Comey confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee Monday morning that his agency was conducting an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including allegations that members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign were in contact with the Russian government during the campaign.

"As you know, our practice is not to confirm existence of ongoing investigations, especially those investigations that involve classified matters," Comey told the committee. "But in unusual circumstances where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so, as Justice Department policy has recognized. This is one of those circumstances."

"I've 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," he continued. "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."

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FBI Director Comey confirms the bureau is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

By Ellen Nakashima and Karoun Demirjian March 20 at 10:42 AM

FBI Director James B. Comey acknowledged on Monday the existence of a counterintelligence investigation into the Russian governments efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, and said that probe extends to the nature of any links between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.

Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said the investigation is also exploring whether there was any coordination between the campaign and the Kremlin.

The acknowledgment was an unusual move, given that the FBIs practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations. But in unusual circumstances, where it is in the public interest, Comey said, it may be appropriate to do so.

Comey said he had been authorized by the Justice Department to confirm the wide-ranging probes existence.

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Reply FBI chief James Comey confirms Trump campaign's ties to Russia are under investigation (Original post)
DonViejo Monday OP
BumRushDaShow Monday #1
MFM008 Monday #2
Kimchijeon Monday #3
hamsterjill Monday #4
forgotmylogin Monday #14
still_one Monday #5
Orrex Monday #8
still_one Monday #9
furtheradu Monday #6
Liberalagogo Monday #7
bullwinkle428 Monday #10
WhoWoodaKnew Monday #11
groundloop Monday #12
ffr Monday #13

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:50 AM

1. WaPo breaking

FBI Director Comey confirms the bureau is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

By Ellen Nakashima and Karoun Demirjian March 20 at 10:42 AM

FBI Director James B. Comey acknowledged on Monday the existence of a counterintelligence investigation into the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, and said that probe extends to the nature of any links between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.

Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said the investigation is also exploring whether there was any coordination between the campaign and the Kremlin.

The acknowledgment was an unusual move, given that the FBI’s practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations. “But in unusual circumstances, where it is in the public interest,” Comey said, “it may be appropriate to do so.”

Comey said he had been authorized by the Justice Department to confirm the wide-ranging probe’s existence.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-director-to-testify-on-russian-interference-in-the-presidential-election/2017/03/20/cdea86ca-0ce2-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:51 AM

2. Just broke

On my phone both CNN and local.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:54 AM

3. Good! Very welcome news this morning.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:56 AM

4. The stupid Republicans are going to tie up the discussion by focusing on the leaks.

Flynn resigned. The fact that the information that caused his resignation was leaked is irrelevant at this point. By the act of him resigning, he basically confirmed his guilt.

Republicans don't give a damn about finding the truth. They only care about deflecting.

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Response to hamsterjill (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 01:51 PM

14. I'm sure they've kept the back pocket strategy that Trump is disposable.

Pence is the "real" candidate they wanted. They can throw Trump under the bus and it will be a huge display and distraction as he has a Yosemite Sam/Daffy Duck meltdown publically. The the Repubs can say "Look, we cleaned house, we're the good guys. On to privatizing mail delivery..."

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Response to still_one (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:32 AM

8. Mitch McConnell, a true patriot

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Response to Orrex (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:41 AM

9. I agree with your emoji

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:21 AM

6. I'm loving this

Maybe just my HAPPY SPRING ( ! ) outlook,
but listening on npr, this is goood stuff.
Every Dem sounds focused & intelligent,
every republiker sounds weasely.
And comey, et al, sound underwhelming.

At the very least, this is a display of the real differences between d's & r's.

Fascinatin'!
I miss the C-span!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:27 AM

7. Note the "if possible"

nothing's going to happen.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:43 AM

10. Anxiously anticipating the next Royal Tweet...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 12:09 PM

11. As they should be...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 12:28 PM

12. I'm waiting for 45* to claim this was the act of 'lone wolves'

As much of a control freak as 45* is there's no way in hell anyone in his campaign did this without his knowledge and approval (and most likely his supervision as well).

What I want to know is how the hell they got the director of the FBI to help them with strategically timed press releases.


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 01:27 PM

13. Could have saved us all this drama if he would have just waited a week before election

But no. I'm sad for our nation. Embarrassed for our forefathers. This is not the America I grew up knowing.

Election stolen!

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