Spicer on Trump-Russia Probe: Investigating and Having Proof Are Different Things
FBI Director James Comey confirmed during a House hearing that there is an ongoing investigation into possible "coordination" between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.
“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence 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.”
White House Press Secretary responded during a press briefing on Monday after ABC News' Jonathan Karl noted that Trump has repeatedly claimed - including as recently as this morning - that allegations about Russia and his campaign are "fake news."
The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
Karl asked why the FBI director would be investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia if there's no evidence.
"Investigating it and having proof of it are two totally different things," Spicer said, insisting that many lawmakers who have been briefed on the investigation have said there's "smoke but no fire."
"I think it's fine to look into it, but at the end of the day, they're going to come to the same conclusion that everybody else has had," Spicer said. "So you can continue to look for something. But continuing to look for something that doesn't exist doesn't matter."
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