Agency chief makes ad­mis­sion be­fore com­mit­tee; says no ev­i­dence to back Obama wire­tap claim

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FED­ERAL Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion di­rec­tor James Comey con­firmed for the first time yes­ter­day that the agency is in­ves­ti­gat­ing Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in last year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and no­tably Moscow’s pos­si­ble col­lu­sion with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign.

The FBI “is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to in­ter­fere in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion”, Comey told a hear­ing by the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee.

“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,” he said.

Comey’s dis­clo­sure con­firmed long­stand­ing re­ports that the FBI was prob­ing the ex­plo­sive charges that Trump’s stun­ning elec­tion vic­tory over Hil­lary Clin­ton last Novem­ber came on the back of Rus­sian med­dling.

Comey also shot down Trump’s tweeted claims that his pre­de­ces­sor, Barack Obama, had wire­tapped the phones at Trump Tower in New York.

“With re­spect to the pres­i­dent’s tweets about al­leged wire­tap­ping di­rected at him by the prior ad­min­is­tra­tion, I have no in­for­ma­tion that sup­ports those


James Comey (left) and Mike Rogers at the House Per­ma­nent Se­lect Com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence hear­ing on Capi­tol Hill, Wash­ing­ton, DC, yes­ter­day.

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