FBI Director James Comey received permission to take the “extraordinary step" to testify about the investigation before Congress.
After weeks of speculation, FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that the FBI is investigating allegations the Russian government interfered with the 2016 election. That investigation is also looking at whether Donald Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian agents.
"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," Comey told the House Intelligence Committee during a hearing Monday. "As with any counter investigation, there will also be an assessment of whether any crimes were committed."
Ordinarily, the FBI doesn't comment on the existence of ongoing investigations, Comey said. But he had received permission to take this "extraordinary step." Comey later added that the investigation into Russian interference originally began in July 2016.
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