The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN.
This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, according to one source.
The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel,
In his statement on Monday Comey said the FBI began looking into possible coordination between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives because the bureau had gathered "a credible allegation of wrongdoing or reasonable basis to believe an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power."
One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests "people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready." But other U.S. officials who spoke to CNN say it's premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it's largely circumstantial.
The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place, but the information suggesting collusion is now a large focus of the investigation, the officials said.
The FBI has already been investigating four former Trump campaign associates -- Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page -- for contacts with Russians known to US intelligence. All four have denied improper contacts and CNN has not confirmed any of them are the subjects of the information the FBI is reviewing.Yesterday in a bizarre turn of events House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) briefed President Trump on intelligence he had seen in which names of the Trump transition team (of which Nunes himself was a member) had appeared in intelligence intercepts relating to foreign targets, intercepts he didn't bother to share with anyone else on the committee. While this was in fact old news, Nunes held a press conference to claim that the information somewhat supported Trump's claim that Trump Tower phones were wiretapped by President Obama. In the next breath, however, Nunes said that the information did not show Trump's claim was true.
The big development though may well be that Nunes has shown himself to be an agent of President Trump and, thus, unable to conduct a fair and impartial investigation of matters relating to the Trump campaign. Nunes might lose his chairmanship as a result of the stunt he pulled yesterday. At the very least he made the appointment of a independent committee much more likely.
Paul, do you fear the Russians are coming? Do you have Russia Derangement Syndrome? Do you support US military maneuvers close to Russia? Is the US or Russia more imperialistic?
Because the breaking news comes from FOXNews (3/23/2017), this is sure to be discounted....
"Potential 'smoking gun' showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says"
"...The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources..."
Potential 'smoking gun' showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says
Mike Pence has betrayed conservatives and should crash and burn with Trump
Low information voters elected a Russian stooge. Thanks Republican voters, you betrayed the country.
Wouldn't we be better off if the presidency was much less powerful and impactful, partly negating whether low (or even) high information voters put the "stooge" into the position?
Anon 7:34 - if Trump's people hadn't been talking to Russian operatives, there wouldn't have been anything to spy on, would there? I love how the same people who held multiple lengthy investigations and hearings about Benghazi now suddenly have zero interest in looking for treasonous wrongdoing.
In Re: Mike Pence
This is who the guy has always been. Why the sudden surprise?
Does Mike Pence have any ties to Russia?
CNN (Corrupt Nihilists Network) "reports?" Search Comey / Crowdstrike, Clinton / Russia / 20 % US Uranium... etc.
Is that the same Comey who announced he was reopening the Clinton email investigation the week before the election while staying completely silent about the Trump FBI investigation going on at the same time?
Pete, I would also point out that even Trump admits the Russians hacked the emails and gave them to Wikileaks.
Never thought I'd see the day when conservatives defend a Russian dictator who tramples on human rights and has political enemies killed.
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