FBI confirms investigation into Trump campaign ties with Russia

by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times  |  published on March 20, 2017

comey_rogersThe FBI is investigating whether any Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russian government, Director James Comey testified to Congress in a public session Monday, officially confirming President Trump’s associates are being probed.

Mr. Comey also firmly shot down Mr. Trump’s claim that President Obama had “tapped” Trump Tower, saying no component of the Justice Department did anything of the sort.

“The department has no information that supports those tweets,” Mr. Comey said.

As late as last week, Mr. Trump and the White House had insisted the president’s claims would be proved true, in general, though they had backed off the claim that actual phone-tapping occurred.

  • Ramon1710 .

    “Mr. Comey also firmly shot down Mr. Trump’s claim that President Obama had “tapped” Trump Tower, saying no component of the Justice Department did anything of the sort.”

    Comey falls short of any credibility having pardoned the queen of espionage for profit.

    Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican, said Mr. Trump’s own communications might have been monitored. All of the information appears to have been scooped up legally and incidentally, meaning the Trump officials weren’t the targets. They may have been gathered by foreign intelligence and then shared with the U.S. under existing agreements, one lawmaker said.

    But at some point U.S. intelligence officials unmasked some Trump
    figures — a process that involves attaching their names to the private
    conversations. That information was then circulated within the intelligence
    community, Mr. Nunes said.

    “I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show the president-elect and his team were at least monitored and disseminated in what appears to be intelligence reporting channels,” said Mr. Nunes.

  • Tiger

    I think it is going to get really really nasty.

  • dmttbt

    Isn’t it strange how the FBI ca get right on with an investigation of Trump but as far as doing anything to Hillary after they proved she had lied and cheated and abused her office for profit they can’t fand anything to prosecute her for.
    SO WHY WOULD WE BELIEVE ANYTHING THE FBI COMES UP WITH?

  • Pete

    Who instigated the probe into Trump/Russia. Sure smells like a topic of conversation for Bill on his tarmac meeting with Lynch.
    Comey speaking for the Justice Dept only, that leaves a hoard of others like NSA,CIA. Treasury, DOD & IRS

  • Bob

    I can hear them building the gallows on the White House lawn now. Get the Orange Blossom ready, it won’t be long now. Thanks Chump, for pissing away another $3,600,000 this weekend while playing golf. I guess he hasn’t played enough since he really SUCKS at it. Guess he’ll have to play EVERY WEEKEND. He has so far, hasn’t he!!!!

    • Rick Vitti

      I see bob the Awhole is still here spreading lies and sociopath ramblings

      • Bob

        Sorry Ricky boy, your problem, like so many right-wing Uneducated, you can’t stand to hear the TRUTH.. Oh well……..

  • Rodney Steward

    We finally get someone that loves this country in office, and D’N if the shadow gov. and the deep state socialist are going to destroy him! May God have Mercy on our country and the true American’s, it’s coming!

  • Bruce Walters

    Every President starting with the cold war has had communication with the Russians. Hillary Clinton sold the Russians 20% or our uranium. The American people are getting tired of these Democratic witch hunts. Let Trump do his job without all the B.S. Do you really want a Democrat in the W.H with all the whining, fake news, and political back stabbing they’ve been guilty of?

  • elmcqueen3

    Everyone know phone tapping is obsolete…this phrase is only used in reference when the government is found snooping into your affairs via various modern technologies.

  • how about hillary and obama and russian

  • tryscavage

    It is not the FBI. The Democrats have people in the NSA and THAT is where these illegal investigations and even more illegal releases occur. Remember: NSA, NSA, NSA, NSA. Ask Chief Justice Roberts. Unfortunately he knows.

    • the whistler

      Mr. Tryscavage….Bingo!! But Comey is putting on the show that he is the Maestro …when in fact he is just a Bit player, a pawn in a Greek Tragedy that resembles a chess game using live pieces ……that will ultimately lead to his demise.. Comey the.poor deluded perfidious mannequin ….it is now totally transparent that Obama pulls your strings ( Obama hates Hillary and through Comey he out Clintoned the Clintons)…the meeting with Billy Boy/Lynch was the Obama Gambit that set up the Comey double prong Hillary/Rogue Server checkmate move!!!
      Being a pawn… once his usefulness is over, Comey will also be sacrificed out of the game when he fails to get Trump ( don’t be surprised if Trump outplays them all and they all succumb to the relentless Zugzwang after zugzwang of the Trump end game and become indicted !!!

  • the whistler

    Interesting how Mr. Comey said today that any disclosure of classified material is a major crime and must be punished to set an example….unless you are Hillary Clinton, then you are just a doddering old fool …who somehow is still qualified to be President…..sounds like he is impartial to me !!! ( as my head blows off my shoulders because I’m so pissed at him)

  • Frederick Phillips

    Comey was a supporter of John McCain for President. McCain being the RINO and Never Trump group, has been pushing the Russia ties with Trump for sometime. I can imagine there has been communications between the traitor McCain and Mr Comey.

    • BackingTrump

      He wanted McCain because McCain is a fool that would be easily overrun by Comey!

  • Askjrsk

    James Comey sure looks rough and uncomfortable. I particularly liked his comment to Jim Gaudy, it’s not the number who had access to this classified information, but the culture. Mr. Gaudy suggested strongly that those nine or however many, is the place to begin the investigation of leaks to WASHINGTON POST and other publications. James Comey finds it challenging to look and behave intelligently. I agree, someone is going to prison. Ten years . How many? That’s the question.

    • the whistler

      Mr Askjrsk ( aka Mr.mxyzptlk), you hit the nail on the head with Comey’s demeanor that appeared to be furtively apprehensive the entire time he performed a littany of linguistic pirouettes as he attempted to present the tortured logic that he had solid evidence of multiple ‘Trump’ people colluding with Russia ,while at the same time there was no electronic surveillance on the Trump phones…. but of course there is also no actionable knowledge of any wrong doing in the minor transaction that Hillary approved involving the sale of 25% of our uranium stores to Russia during the Iran ‘Nuclear Treaty’ negotiations…incidentally the ‘Treaty’ is actually not a Treaty…nor is it even a binding Agreement!! I wonder where that uranium ended up Mr. Comey???

      • Askjrsk

        Comeys total disinterest and lack of curiously is disgusting and unacceptable. He must be replaced, something more competent.

    • Anouk

      Comey is a snake. President Trump is smarter than that and should get rid of this traitor the sooner as possible.

      • Askjrsk

        Absolutely. Comey is a creep!

      • Askjrsk

        Why in the world is Comey not in the unemployment line? He is disgusting dirty cop and his ruined the FBI

  • Raymond Charron

    Fire those morons. They are digging too deep and finding nothing, they just want trump out of office. Obozo is behind all thus mockery. They are pushing to get him back into office, but it will ever happen. They ought to deep did on obozo. Wow, the stuff they would get, including treason, he is heading to prison, let trump run the country as he was elected and is our legal
    president.

    • Rosemarie Saccardi

      I agree that FBI LYER is a Democrat are we stupid or what he would not. Come down on Clinton we had to know and see how he was protecting her
      That SOB is working for the Dem he can not be trusted
      I said it from the beginning
      Fire them all we the people gave the House and Senate to the REPUBLICANS PLUS TRUMP
      DRAN THAT DAM SWAMP NOW
      AND THE REP WHO DONOT SUPPORT OUR CHOICE WILL BE FIRED
      LETS ROLL

      • the whistler

        Rosemarie….definitely agree with you and I love your passion. I hope you realize that there are a significant number of Republican ‘Brutus’s’ in the House and Senate just waiting for their “Ides of March” moment. We need to stay vigilant and watch out for Trump’s back ( it sure don’t look like the Secret Service has it)

  • mesaman

    Makes one reconsider having confidence in the FBI. Are they still under contract to do Bammie’s bidding?

  • Tiger

    I have been listening from the start and Comey has indeed said Russia wanted Trump, they wanted him cause he is a businessman, that they wanted him cause he liked Putin, he has said that Russia interfered more in this election than in any other and wanted Hillary to lose. He has been asked so when Clapper said no ties you are now putting a cloud over it.

    Russia did NOT influence the electoral process according to Clapper and Brenner but Comey saying different and insinuating he doesn’t know.

    • Askjrsk

      Yes. Very good for a disoriented uncomfortable confused one who can’t find any evidence, that was on Hillary, and since he couldn’t find evidence he wanted to dismiss the whole site tap issue. Incompetent? Jim Comey is.

      • Tiger

        A traitor and a scumbag who needs to get a lead solution.

        • Askjrsk

          Jim Comey does not deserve to serve in the FBI in any capacity. He is a DIRTY COP

          • Tiger

            I tell you he sure showed his colors yesterday and Trump made a terrible mistake by keeping him and surely can’t take him out now. Comey set the stage for Trump”s Impeachment, that is how I saw it and seems Rush saw it that way also. I was stunned at what Comey said. Only Gowdy and one other Republican called him out.

            Newt was on FOX this AM and he warned that Trump needs to be very careful because this is a dangerous situation. He then reminded people of the Scooter Libbey case where she was locked up for 85 days until she changed her story and she wrote about it in her book. Then Newt said they can get somebody and make them witnesses who will back their story. Besides one leak made it clear that these agencies can mimic Russian hackers now so Trump is indeed in deep trouble.

          • Askjrsk

            This is serious. Comey is a snake. Can PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP not remove him now for insubordination? This is upsetting. Helpless feeling, but that’s when a God shows us His power when we pray and believe.

          • Tiger

            Here is that article and I just got one from a friend that says the president can fire Comey if he wants and he should and put Guilliani in.

            http://freedomoutpost.com/trump-delivers-documented-evidence-of-obama-wiretaps-to-house-panel/

          • Askjrsk

            Yesterday this should have happened.

          • Tiger

            Trump just sent his DOJ to the house panel with proof of O’s wiretapping.

            http://freedomoutpost.com/trump-delivers-documented-evidence-of-obama-wiretaps-to-house-panel/

          • Askjrsk

            Good. Thank God

          • Tiger

            Did I send you the article? Get confused things sent to me so quickly.

            http://freedomoutpost.com/trump-delivers-documented-evidence-of-obama-wiretaps-to-house-panel/

          • Askjrsk

            Got it

          • Tiger

            You know I never really looked into this but now since this is becoming such a huge deal for Trump I have done some looking back and checking older articles and we know that O did indeed want Trump tapped.

            http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-04/obama-advisor-rhodes-wrong-president-can-order-wiretap-and-why-trump-may-have-last-l

          • Tiger

            From the article.

            In Chapter 36 of Title 50 of the US Code *War and National Defense”, Subchapter 1, Section 1802, we read the following:

            (1) Notwithstanding
            any other law, the President, through the Attorney General, may
            authorize electronic surveillance without a court order under
            this subchapter to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods
            of up to one year if the Attorney General certifies in writing under
            oath that—

            (A) the electronic surveillance is solely directed at—
            (i)
            the acquisition of the contents of communications transmitted by means
            of communications used exclusively between or among foreign powers, as
            defined in section 1801(a)(1), (2), or (3) of this title; or
            (ii) the
            acquisition of technical intelligence, other than the spoken
            communications of individuals, from property or premises under the open
            and exclusive control of a foreign power, as defined in section
            1801(a)(1), (2), or (3) of this title;

            (B) there is no substantial
            likelihood that the surveillance will acquire the contents of any
            communication to which a United States person is a party; and

            (C) the proposed
            minimization procedures with respect to such surveillance meet the
            definition of minimization procedures under section 1801(h) of this
            title; and
            if the Attorney General reports such minimization
            procedures and any changes thereto to the House Permanent Select
            Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on
            Intelligence at least thirty days prior to their effective date, unless
            the Attorney General determines immediate action is required and
            notifies the committees immediately of such minimization procedures and
            the reason for their becoming effective immediately.

            While (B) seems to contradict the underlying permissive nature of
            Section 1802 as it involves a United States person, what the Snowden
            affair has demonstrated all too clearly, is how frequently the NSA and
            FISA court would make US citizens collateral damage. To be sure, many
            pointed out the fact that Fox News correspondent James Rosen was notoriously wiretapped in 2013 when the DOJ was investigating government leaks. The Associated Press was also infamously wiretapped in relation to the same investigation.

          • Tiger
    • the whistler

      When an individual says a statement that is inconsistent with prior statements made by others who are in the same information circle and then re-phrases it to be nebulous…while at the same time accusatory…without any specifics as to time/place/person/or content…

      in DC this is called testimony…in the land of Deplorables we call it talking S#it!!!

      • Tiger

        LOLOL well my friend my smart and on the mark friend, I heard more shat today than I imagined possible.

      • Tiger

        Taking a long bath tonight to get the shat off.

  • Auburnmanfrom TN

    Donald needs to get rid of this O bama piece of crap!!!

    • rockcut

      He is not an obama appointment. You seem upset that the Donald was called a liar today LOL

      • Auburnmanfrom TN

        you are a frigging idiot O bama did appoint him . get your head out of your ass!!! fool!!

        • rockcut

          My mistake Obama appointed him in 2013 as FBI Director. However, he was first appointed to government by Bush. He is a republican….Don’t go down the silly ass brick road that he is out to get Trump. That is silly.

          • Bruce Walters

            rockcut, shoot your mouth off again, we like to see you trip on your own tongue. You seem upset that Trump speaks the truth.

          • rockcut

            Trump speaks the truth. My word, you sure bought into the Trump Snake Oil. Ease up on it and you will stop making such silly statements.

    • Anouk

      ABSOLUTELY!

  • Stephen Howe

    Not firing Comey on Day 1 was a huge mistake.

    • Tiger

      Listening from the start and Comey tying a noose around Trump’s neck and giving them what they need to Impeach him if not corrected.

      • dmttbt

        Trump had better realize and I think he does that he not only has the democrats to deal with but also the republicans. I don’t see how much longer this country can last with the corruption that we have in the government. It isn’t demo or repub, it is both.

        • Tiger

          Amen and this AM Newt was on FOX and saying that Trump needs to realize the danger he is in. He also reminded us how Scooter Libbey was held for 85 days until she changed her story and Newt reminded us, that this kind of thing could force some people to testify against Trump and his people. I was stunned by what came out of Comey’s mouth and only two or so came out and put him on the spot by saying are you telling us that Clapper, who said there was no Russian involvement in the voting or the machines etc was not true? Comey is the one who called Trump and assured him he won fair and square.

          We are in terrible trouble in this country and nothing short of the Hand of God, laying into that demon filled place with a tornado or natural disaster will stop them.

        • Tiger

          You will enjoy this. Trump just sent his DOJ to give the documents proving Obama wiretapped him to the House Committee investigating it.

          http://freedomoutpost.com/trump-delivers-documented-evidence-of-obama-wiretaps-to-house-panel/

    • Askjrsk

      HUGE

    • Anouk

      That was always my thinking! Comey is not someone President Trump should trust.

      • rockcut

        Anouk,
        You got it all wrong, Trump is the one not to trust and daily fact are proving it.

        • Bruce Walters

          rockcut,
          You are the one who’s mistaken sir, Trump can’t be bought or bribed, he has his own money, that’s why the Democrats hate him, he can’t be controlled.

          • rockcut

            You are making assumptions that democrats hate him. I do not hate him but I surely am displeased with how his is performing as President. His Rating is down to 39%. Trump is not a God. He is hurting the image of America that is my assessment of his first two months in office He lies over and over.

          • Edith

            As an American Black Republican I can assure you that democrats hate President Trump equal to the heat of 1000 suns. President Trump is doing exactly what WE voted him in to do. Since it is discrimination according to liberals to ban Muslims I say don’t discriminate President Trump. Ban all immigration from 6 months to a year. Problem solved. No discrimination.

          • rockcut

            It is sad by reading your post that I see you have bought far to much Trump Snake oil. Put the snake oil bottle down and see reality. Trump is hurting America and is a proven liar !!!

          • Edith

            You and folks like you is what is hurting America. MAGA or just stfu and watch the rest of us help President Trump turn USA around.

          • dmttbt

            All the establishment politicians are still trying to figure out what happened and Hillary did not get elected. The reason is even with the cheating and illegal votes and bribes they used there is still enough honest Americans who could see what crooks they are. Trump is getting a bad rap because he is rich. How could a poor honest man ever get elected? If they are not paid for by someone with lots of money and influence they have to have the money. Trump is able to be more independent because he has the money.
            There has been big talk about Trump should have to pay for his family to have security because there are so many of them. I didn’t know you couldn’t be president if you have a big family.

          • Jim Strong

            And you believe polls. What a flake.

          • rockcut

            I can tell you this for sure, I do not believe anything that comes out of Trump’s mouth. He has been caught far too many times lying !!!

          • Pete

            Head Space

          • dmttbt

            How about all those polls that showed how far ahead Hillary was in the election? Yes they were a false prophecy and you still believe them even after she lost.

          • duncmck

            ratings down? image of america? put your head on the rails..look at the statistics 39% total B S.it up.59% .if you trust the socialist cabal that has been raping this planet for decades .of coarse your pist..if i were a borg collectivist i’d be really pist.the cabal makes al capone look like dudley do right.your assumptions?? the fake media establishment? right!!!

          • dmttbt

            The fake media is one of the worst things that has ever happened to this country. Regular people see things on the news and they believe it because it was on the news. Not good.

        • Anouk

          I Do not listen to BS like you. People have to be dumb not to see what the truth with … Obama, Clintons, Soros are all trying to destroy President Trump. The rest of their pals are as corrupted and disgusting as well.

          • rockcut

            I find your post amusing since all you posted is make believe not one fact. I find your are blind to anything your reality showmen does and that is sad for he is hurting America .

          • Anouk

            Who was hurting America very badly was the Communist Muslim ex president who completely destroyed this country.
            I am an independent conservative and I voted for this creep the first time and never forgive myself to have done such a big mistake.
            President Trump is working day and night to save this country from a complete disaster.
            Give him a chance.

        • Jim Strong

          Your team lost, now get over it.

          • rockcut

            This is not about who won and who lost. This is about the lies and dumb and hurtful things that Trump is doing as President.

          • duncmck

            like trying to give the citizenry back there individual sovereignty ..trump bad for doing that ? political correctness has raped human consciousness for decades .trump calls it the way reality presents it.go trump ..freedom bound.more so now than in a long time.the vampire maggots want to stop the individual from waking up.hurtful things is an understatement that the borg have rot.

        • dmttbt

          I will have to rank you right in there with the woman who was on social security and asking about socialism and was told she would get free money and food and living quarters she said that is great but when she found out you had to stand in line she said hell no.

        • Anouk

          It is you liberal I don’t trust. Most of your kind are slime.

          • rockcut

            It is a shame to see someone who’s hate and contempt is directed at a silly ass word “Liberal” ! The term is so over used and so meaningless. You have no idea about what type of America I am or what I have done for America. All you can do is sound off and look both silly with your post. I suggest you see someone for your anger issues.

    • rockcut

      Why because he tells the truth ….and that is a rare thing in the Trump WH.

      • Stephen Howe

        How you could listen to Comey’s jibbering tapdance about how he can’t reveal the names of the leakers and somehow equate that with any semblance of the truth eludes me.

        Trump in 2020!

    • elmcqueen3

      Yep…he should have been fired…no reason given.

    • Retired

      Probably some Blackmail involved .

    • dmttbt

      He needs to remedy that as soon as possible. Trump can’t do anything because he has judges overruling the president of the united states. You haven’t seen that with other presidents!

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