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James Comey: There is an active FBI investigation into Russia’s efforts in 2016 campaign

In an explosive statement Monday morning, FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that the FBI is looking into a possible connection between Russia and the Trump campaign last year, during Trump’s presidential campaign.

The remarks, before the House Intelligence Committee, focuses on any possible efforts from the Trump campaign to recruit Russia to interfere in the elections, which may include hacks against the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.

Comey’s statements don’t include say what the FBI knows about the Trump-Russia connection, nor do they explicitly say that the Trump campaign had any direct connections to Russia.

Below is the full opening statement:

As you know our practice is not to confirm existence of ongoing investigations especially those investigations that involve classified matters. But in unusual circumstances where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so. As Justice Department policies recognize, this is one of those circumstances. I have 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. And 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. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.

Jeremy Binckes is the cover editor at Salon.com.

Jeremy Binckes.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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