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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 12:48 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 12:48 AM (IST)

Probing Russia links to Trump campaign: FBI

‘Democrats made up Russian story’

  • Donald Trump accused the Democratic party of making up allegations about his campaign’s links with Russia and the Russian interference in the presidential poll, saying federal investigators should now instead probe the media leaks of classified information.
  • “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!” Trump said in a tweet, trashing the Democratic party’s allegations about Russian meddling in the November 8 polls
Probing Russia links to Trump campaign: FBI
Donald Trump

Washington, March 20

In a rare disclosure, the FBI chief today confirmed that the agency was probing Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential polls, including possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Testifying before the powerful House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey said the decision to confirm the ongoing investigation is rare as the agency as a matter of policy does not confirm any ongoing investigation.

However, the Department of Justice in larger public interest has given its consent to do so in this case, he said. “I have been authorised by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counter-intelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” Comey said.

“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, however, refused to divulge any details of the ongoing probe. Acknowledging that the work was very complex, the FBI Director said that there is no timeline to complete this investigation. “As you know, our practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations, especially those investigations that involve classified matters. But in unusual circumstances, where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so. This is one of those circumstances,” he said. — PTI

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