Comey Confirms FBI Is "Investigating Russian Meddling" In US Election, Probing Trump-Russia Ties

Tyler Durden's picture

Despite President Trump's early tweets, Director James Comey just confirmed The FBI is investigating possible links between US President Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

Trump noted earlier...

But now FBI Director James Comey has confirmed that the bureau is investigating potential ties between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 campaign as part of a broader look into Moscow’s efforts to “interfere” in the election. As Bloomberg reports, Comey said he was taking the unusual step of confirming an ongoing investigation, though he cautioned he would not be able to discuss many details of what remains a classified probe.

The extraordinary revelation 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.

Earlier in the hearing, the chairman of the committee contradicted an assertion from Trump by saying that there had been no wiretap of Trump Tower. But Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican whose committee is one of several investigating, said that other forms of surveillance of Trump and his associates have not been ruled out.

Comey was testifying at Monday's hearing along with National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers.

Given the high public interest in the outcome of the inquiry, he told members of the House Intelligence Committee that he will pursue the investigation “wherever it may lead.”

The comments from James Comey came as he spoke before a US House of Representatives intelligence panel. As The Hill reports, the bombshell revelation puts an end to months of roiling speculation. Comey declined to provide more details, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation. “I can promise you we will follow the facts wherever they lead,” Comey vowed.

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FrozenGoodz's picture

Pack your bags Donny ... stay close to your phone

IridiumRebel's picture

He gonna make a special trip to a French Polynesia to personally arrest Obama?

NDXTrader's picture

How exactly does that contradict Trump's tweets? There can be no evidence and yet an open investigation, right?

ErostheDog's picture

logic will get you nowhere with most of these "readers"

onewayticket2's picture

"no votes changed."

 

The rest is noise...

 

next?

bowie28's picture

Right and with all the intel and spying resources available to our IC, after "investigating" this for months they have yet to produce one bit of actual evidence. 

What is the point of another round of hearings where they do nothing but confirm they are investigating and still have no evidence? It's essentially the same thing they said in the last hearing and the one before that.

Almost 6 weeks since Sessions confirmed as AG and no mention of any corruption investigations the DOJ may be pursuing.  Not looking good...

 

Erek's picture

The CIA needs to be investigated for causing mischief and making it look like the Russians.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Roving wiretap authority on one or more Trump associates guarantees there was communications surveillance at Trump Tower at some point, even if only brief episodes.

ErostheDog's picture

did he mention the request from the Russian bank that was the supposed "russian link" to Trump Tower has submitted a request for the DOJ to investigate who has hacked into their system from the US?

 

http://circa.com/politics/alfa-bank-in-russia-said-donald-trump-computer...

aurum4040's picture

Yeah DOJ needs to make a statement and confirm they are investigating who in the US is trying to frame Trump - thats the real story. 

Bay of Pigs's picture

Comey needs to go.

He isn't interested in enforcing the rule of law. He's a coward and a liar.

justin423's picture

He was your boy when he threw the election by having that idiotic press conference confirming a wild goose chase.

 

come on' ZH'ers, where are your chants of 

LOCK HIM UP 

LOCK HIM UP

LOCK HIM UP

 

 

 

justin423's picture

He was your boy when he threw the election by having that idiotic press conference confirming a wild goose chase.

 

come on' ZH'ers, where are your chants of 

LOCK HIM UP 

LOCK HIM UP

LOCK HIM UP

 

 

 

A Nanny Moose's picture

What wild goose chase would that be? Russia is THE wild goose chase. How about we investgate something where actual evidence exists, like Pedodesta's obession with Pizza.

Dealyer Turdin's picture

Ah. The ole ring of blue shoots to kill and hits cops on other side while missing intended target...  they weren't down at the range much under President 0.

GlassHouse101's picture

Crazy times we live in . . The deep state wants their war with Russia, and the only one standing in the way is Trump.

swamp's picture

Russia

The only white Christian nation left

GlassHouse101's picture

+ the only major world player that hasn't bought into the globalism yet.

justin423's picture

What?

No, they are pissed that that the same thing that we did to Iran with the collusion of the Brits in 1953.

 

Dr. Engali's picture

Look! A distraction! Entertaining is it not?

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

People have watched too much movies and reality TV, they have no discernment.  They can't tell real from fake anymore.  (((Hellywood))) has done a good job at that.

Liars usually have ticks and tells, Even Trump.

 

Arrow4Truth's picture

As Rocky the flying squirrel would say, "Now here's something we hope you'll really like." http://www.theonion.com/article/ncaa-tournament-really-disrupting-mans-a...

fbazzrea's picture

WTF??!!?

and we're still waiting on an investigation on Hitlery's email/Clintongate pay-to-play scam???

Comey, why don't you do us all a favor and resign?

Pigeon's picture

Who is holding Comey's wife and children hostage at this moment?

yttirum's picture

Well, it is still going on, hence the committee and c-span, so he's not lying. These people make statements and use words outside of us regular plebs.

Cman5000's picture

Comney could be using the counter intelligence play book of counter information to throw the narrative off in public. However Congress is going to get a closed door briefing on the investigation. Are you not entertained ? 

fbazzrea's picture

a "looking back to see if you were looking back at me to see if i was looking back to see if you were looking back at me" sort of thing?

BritBob's picture

Russia does a lot of meddling -

 

Russia tells Britain give back Gibraltar & Falklands before telling US what to do.

RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017)

Do the Spanish have a claim to the Rock? Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law: https://www.academia.edu/10575180/Gibraltar_-_Some_Relevant_Internationa...

Perhaps not.

Funny thing to say when Argentina has never legally owned the Falklands. So how can they 'be returned' ?

Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:

https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina

 

Blanco Diablo's picture

Britain’s claim to sovereignty of the Falklands has always been spurious. The islands were originally taken the old fashonied way (they stole them by armed force) from the Republic of Buenos Aires, (Bucktoothed Bobs ancestors taught the Muslims manners!!!) as a part of Britain’s colonial expansion, during South America’s struggle for independence from Spain. The islands met the British Empire’s need for a whaling station and a resupply base for shipping bound for the Pacific around the Cape. They also provided a naval base in a strategic location.

Britain was considering negotiating a transfer of the Islands to Argentine sovereignty in the 1970s until gas and oil deposits 3 times larger than the North Sea were discovered, Then things sharply reversed, Bucktooth's crew went full Jihad! (Thatcher Ahkbar). Pass the Loot! Fuck the Belgrano and kill the natives.

mary mary's picture

Is it "imperialism" when an island to the northwest of Europe "owns" the southern tip of Spain or islands next to Argentina?

fbazzrea's picture

my thoughts exactly. the British have the least legitimate claim to either.

what happened to liberty, truth and justice for all? the truth is there will be no justice until Gibraltar and the Falklands have their own liberty.

SmilinJoeFizzion's picture

Wikileaks dump in 3 2 1

swamp's picture

Fire this fucker

Oil_trash's picture

Comey is a waste of oxygen, just like these hearings. Everything is classified or part of an ongoing investigation. Best argument for abortion are all in that room...

swamp's picture

Fire this faker

Smedley's picture

Did they investigate the Clintons for selling Missle Secrets to China?

Some thing is not right here!!

;)

DirtySanchez's picture

Anxiously awaiting each and every nation of the world to make a statement as to the meddling done in their sovereign affairs by the govenment of the USA.

 

Won't happen, because we ply the world with weapons and armaments

Smedley's picture

The PERMANENT gubbermint 'testifies' before the temporary gov, hilarious....

:D

SheepDog-One's picture

U.S. does a lot of meddling....remember when obama tapped Merkels phones and then went to Israel and tried to overthrow Netanyahu, Comey? Come on, this is all a clownshow at best!

mary mary's picture

And when Obama told Brits they should not vote for Brexit?

Hulk's picture

Our tax  dollars hard at work folks. Meanwhile, bridges and dams are failing all across the country...

zstard's picture

Exactly! Citizens are spending their own personal resources to fill pot holes in the streets of Portland, OR where I live, and we have traitors in Washington spending their time (our tax money) chasing red herrings when they should be fixing America's infrastructure among other things like draining our own swamp.

Arrow4Truth's picture

Yep. They should be investigating John "T for Traitor" McCain. Are all the sheeple going to withdraw their consent and quit paying for the dog and pony show? Nah... probably not, but they're not going to like the consequences.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Comey!...

"Smelly Turd" meets "Stick"... And the only one laughing the most and enjoying it is President Pence!

johnwburns's picture

There was never any intention to peacefully transfer power. The coup continues. 

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

So it is confirmed that through their "roving wiretap" authority some conversations have been monitored out of Trump Tower?

 

So I suppose Trump was correct after all.  He may be dumb but he ain't as dumb as he acts and looks and thinks lol.  

 

 "Comey has confirmed that the bureau is investigating potential ties between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 campaign as part of a broader look into Moscow’s efforts to “interfere” in the election."

mary mary's picture

Smelly sticky roadhazard.

johnwburns's picture

FBI Director James Comey and Mike Rogers..."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."

Thanks, next