WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI launched investigations of four Americans in July 2016 into whether they helped Russia’s alleged efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey said in remarks released on Saturday.
Comey also appeared to suggest the investigations were looking into ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump’s election campaign.
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He did not identify the people being investigated but said Trump was not among them.
“We opened investigations on four Americans to see if there was any connection between those four Americans and the Russian interference effort,” Comey said, according to a transcript of the closed-door hearing held on Friday by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee.
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Trump fired Comey in May 2017 after taking office in January of that year. Shortly after Comey’s dismissal, the Department of Justice named a special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow.
In the hearing on Friday, Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe asked Comey whether the FBI had “any evidence” of collusion between the Trump...
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