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FBI director: Agency probing links between Russia, Trump associates

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 20, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.

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FBI Director James Comey gestures as he speaks on cyber security at the first Boston Conference of Cyber Security at Boston College, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that the bureau is investigating possible links and coordination between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

The revelation, and the first public confirmation of an investigation that began last summer, came at the outset of Comey's opening statement in a congressional hearing examining Russian meddling and possible connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

He acknowledged that the FBI does not ordinarily discuss ongoing investigations but said he'd been authorized to do so given the extreme public interest in this case.

"This work is very complex, and there is no way for me to give you a timetable for when it will be done," Comey told the House Intelligence Committee.

Under questioning from the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, he also publicly contradicted a series of tweets from Trump that declared the Republican candidate's phones had been ordered tapped by President Barack Obama during the campaign.

"I have no confirmation that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI," Comey said. The same was true, he added, of the Justice Department.

He also disputed allegations that British intelligence services were involved in the wiretapping.

Comey was the latest government official to reject Trump's claims, made without any evidence, that Obama had wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the campaign. Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican and chairman of the House intelligence committee, also rejected it earlier in the hearing.

Comey was testifying along with National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers.

Trump took to Twitter before the hearing began, accusing Democrats of making up allegations about his campaign associates' contact with Russia during the election. He said Congress and the FBI should be going after media leaks and maybe even Hillary Clinton instead.

"The real story that Congress, the FBI and others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!" Trump tweeted early Monday as news coverage on the Russia allegations dominated the morning's cable news.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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BOLTAR says... March 20, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Guess what! The hearing reveals Trump is a massive liar, and Trey "Benghazi Whip" Gowdy is exclusively focused on how angry Gowdy is the American people found out the National Security Advisor was a secret agent of a foreign power, causing Trump to fire him (although Trump already knew he was lying).

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ARMNAR says... March 20, 2017 at 11:02 a.m.

Here we go.

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ARMNAR says... March 20, 2017 at 11:06 a.m.

My buddy Greg: "I can't remember where I heard it, but I swear a number of people were quite passionate that "a person who is under investigation by the FBI should not be allowed to run for President!"
These people were screaming this repeatedly at rallies as I remember it.
Remind me who those people were?
What are they saying today?"

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RBear says... March 20, 2017 at 11:16 a.m.

Agree Armnar. It's like the Christians in TX including the AG who scream and holler over a "prayer room" in Frisco ISD that's frequented by Muslims. When the school district points out that the room is open to all students of all faiths but that Christian students just don't take advantage of it, the Christians have no response to the point. I've watched all sorts of deflections on this topic because when it comes down to it, the issue is about to get REALLY messy for them.

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TimberTopper says... March 20, 2017 at 1:34 p.m.

The fact that Trump ask the Russians to hack Hillary's account is a link to him and Russia. And before it is over, we may find out that Trump was having his people deal with the Russians on his behalf. Where's his tribe on all of this? Maybe that buyers remorse has begin to set in. Ryan on his crew should wait on building the Trumpster Wall. They may have to build a prison for the so-called POTUS instead.

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mrcharles says... March 20, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.

I think I saw a puddddy Cat.......................................Quotes Tweety Bird.

Our most divisive POTUS in history reminds me of the movie, The Man Who Would be King. Pretty soon the superstitious, misguided, lemmings who bought the refrigerators from Ivanka's dad, if they are not drowned yet , will see their dear leader, and as was said, Down go Fraiser, down goes Fraiser !

Yet Comey was under Obama administration, therefore comey is obama and therefore obama did wiretapp the most divisive POTUS in history - fat man rush, fox entertainment and the rights logic. Would you set next to a man on a bus who talks like they do?

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TimberTopper says... March 20, 2017 at 6:39 p.m.

I figure, when it comes time for Trump to be questioned, they may have the goods on him. And I'd bet judging by his last 50 days or so, he'll lie to the FBI, but they'll already know the answers to the questions he will be ask. I must say I hate it for his kids, as they didn't get to choose their father, but may be embarrassed just the same.

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