FBI director admits to investigation of Russian interference, colluding with Trump administration

FBI director admits to investigation of Russian interference, colluding with Trump administration

This investigation includes reviewing travel, business, and phone, and in-person meeting records between Trump's inner circle and Russian intelligence officials, according to CNN. Majority Republicans concentrated their questions on leaks of classified information - a concern that Trump frequently mentions - and media reports on issues such as contacts between former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian officials.

The existence of the ongoing, multipronged inquiry was confirmed by FBI Director James Comey during a congressional hearing on Monday.

The FBI is now examining the information that includes human intelligence and phone records.

FBI Director James Comey played a role in the stock markets worst day of the year, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Wednesday. They are just the latest government officials along with the Republican chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees to debunk the claim.

The comments were part of a steady White House effort to make clear that no such evidence has turned up, after Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Russian influence in the 2016 race, including possible links to Trump campaign associates.

"Many Democrats have reached the classic stage of deranged conspiracists where evidence that disproves the theory is viewed as further proof of its existence, and those pointing to it are instantly deemed suspect", Greenwald said in his report.

On Thursday, Dmitry Peskov said that US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort's program to promote Russia's interests in post-Soviet countries has no connection to Russian authorities and had never been brought to the attention of the Kremlin.

"There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception", Schiff said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "We won't know for sure what the fallout will be until the investigation is concluded and we see if there are any indictments", he said.

The Russian operation was also in part focused on the publication of so-called "fake news" stories aimed at undermining Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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