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Federal Bureau of Investigation confirms probe over Russian interference in U.S. election

The directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Federal Bureau of Investigation confirms probe over Russian interference in U.S. election
Montrelle Montesinos | 21 Marcha, 2017, 02:51

Comey was the latest government official to reject Trump's claims, made without any evidence, that Obama had wiretapped his NY skyscraper during the campaign.

Given the "looming constitutional crisis" arising out of the FBI investigation into Russia's interference in our election, which we now know is focused on the possibility of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, he added, makes "independence of the judiciary more important than ever and your defense of it is critical".

Comey confirmed that the FBI began the counter-intelligence investigation in late July 2016, remarking that for such an inquiry that was "a relatively short period of time".

"We aim to determine who has leaked or facilitated leaks of classified information so that these individuals can be brought to justice", he said. He noted while the FBI normally would not confirm ongoing investigations, he could make an exception for such "unusual" circumstances.

The Republican chairman of the panel, Mr Devin Nunes, said "the fact that Russian Federation hacked U.S. election- related databases comes as no shock to this committee".

Taken in sum, the same FBI director who boosted Trump's political fortunes in the closing days of the presidential campaign by acknowledging his agency had reopened an investigation into rival Hillary Clinton's use of private email dealt the president one of the worst political blows of his young administration.

"I know that is extremely frustrating to some folks".

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn waits before the start of a White House news conference with President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on February 10.

The panel chairman, Rep.

Then during the hearing, Mr. Trump highlighted testimony he said indicated no evidence of Russian meddling influenced the "electoral process".

"The fact that Russian Federation hacked US election-related databases comes as no shock to this committee".

"We'd have sent up a much larger flare", he said. "So I can't answer that question", Comey responded.

FBI Director James Comey Monday offered the most definitive repudiation yet Monday that the Obama administration wiretapped President Trump's NY office in advance of the 2016 elections. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for clarity on the accusations. Asked about the flap, Trump said: "That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox, and so you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox. OK?"

Comey for the first time put himself publicly at odds with the president by contradicting a series of recent tweets from Trump that asserted his phones had been ordered tapped by President Barack Obama during the campaign.

"Let me be clear: we know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates", Nunes said in a statement opening the hearing on Monday.

"So President Obama could not unilaterally order a wiretap of anyone?"

"What the President said was just patently false", Mr Schiff said of the Trump Tower allegations, "and the wrecking ball it created has now banged into our British allies and our German allies and continuing to grow in terms of damage".

"My view is the same as Director Comey".

He then elaborated on the broader allegation that the USA government may have wiretapped Trump: "I've seen nothing on the NSA side that we engaged in any such activity, nor that anyone ever asked us to engage in such activity". With gritted teeth, he said that would violate the agreement between the so-called "Five Eyes" intelligence agencies - the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand - not to spy on each other's citizens.

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks to the White House after arriving on Marine One, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Washington.

Comey has been invited to testify, along with the director of the National Security Agency, Michael Rogers.

"Yes, sir", the NSA chief replied.

They said that would be a violation of United States law and that the accusation "frustrates the relationship with a key ally".

"It's still ongoing", he said.

Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Trump, has acknowledged communicating with Guccifer 2.0, an online persona believed to be a front for Russian intelligence officials involved in disseminating hacked Democratic emails.