FBI Director James Comey has fired the verbal shot heard around the world.
Speaking at a Monday morning Congressional hearing on the matter, he has confirmed that the FBI is actively investigating the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. These allegations have swirled ever since the election season was still underway, and include assertions that key operatives in Trump’s presidential campaign served at the direct bidding of the Russians.
‘As you know, our practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations, especially when those investigations involve classified matters, but, in unusual circumstances, where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so… This is one of those circumstances.’
Indeed, it’s not at all within the normal practice of the FBI for them to publicly announce details of an ongoing investigation.
This issue sprung up recently for a different reason, when Comey made an announcement shortly before Election Day that was widely taken to mean that the Clinton email investigation was “re-opened.” Comey was blasted at the time for supposedly being out of line with his Clinton campaign sinking announcement.
At present, the issue with Trump is arguably more pressing then the issue with Clinton’s emails was, seeing as Trump is the sitting president of the United States.
Comey went on this Monday afternoon to describe the unusual circumstances that have prompted his rare public statement:
‘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. 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 Russian efforts. This will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.’
The president must have known or at least suspected that this announcement was coming, because he’s been firing off paranoid tweets for most of this Monday morning. His tweeting, trying desperately to distract attention from the allegations against his campaign, is classic guilt exposing behavior.
Since it’s not clear if Trump would have known what Comey was going to say at this Monday’s Congressional hearing before he said it from any in-government sources, Trump might have outed himself with his tweets as knowing that his campaign is guilty of collusion with the Russians.
Watch Comey’s statement in the video below.
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