Comey: FBI Investigating Possible Links Between Trump Campaign & Russia
FBI Director James Comey said during a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee today that there is an ongoing investigation into possible "coordination" between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.
Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
"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 stated.
Comey explained that he received authorization from the Justice Department to make the disclosure and that the probe is part of the bureau's counter-intelligence mission.
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During the hearing, Comey was grilled by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) over the leaks surrounding the investigation into the Trump team's ties to Russia.
Pointing to the leaks surrounding former National Security Advisor Michel Flynn, Gowdy asked if reporters could be prosecuted for releasing classified information.
He said there's no doubt that the "felonious dissemination of classified material" is a serious crime.
Comey said that no reporter in his lifetime has been prosecuted.
Earlier in the hearing, the chairman of the House intelligence Devin Nunes (R-CA) said there was no physical wiretap on Trump Tower, but it's possible that "other surveillance activities" were used against Trump and his associates.
Comey later said there's no information to support Trump's tweets accusing former President Obama of wiretapping his communications.
Watch the hearing LIVE below.