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Comey Says FBI is Investigating Russian Interference

FBI Director James Comey has confirmed that the bureau is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. FBI Director James Comey has confirmed that the bureau is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. |  Photo: MGN

March 20, 2017 10:25 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey is publicly confirming for the first time that the FBI is investigating Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including any potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and Russia's government.

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Comey is testifying before Congress. He says he's authorized by the Justice Department to make the disclosure. Typically, the FBI does not discuss or even confirm the existence of ongoing investigations.

Comey says the probe is part of the FBI's counter-intelligence mission. He says the investigation includes the nature of any links between individuals associated with Trump's campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between Russia's efforts and the campaign.

Comey says the investigation will also look at whether crimes were committed. He says he can't provide details about the investigation.

Meanwhile, Comey and Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, say they have no evidence or intelligence that Russian cyber actors changed vote tallies in key states during last year's presidential election.

Testifying at a highly politically charged congressional hearing in the House, both said they had no evidence that any vote tallies were changed in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina or Ohio.


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