The F.B.I Director, James Comey, publicly confirmed that his agency has looked into the possibility that members of Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign colluded with Russian officials, although he gave no details about the investigation. Testifying Monday before a congressional committee, Mr. Comey said that it was quite unusual for the F.B.I to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation, but that the bureau will sometimes discuss such matters when it is in the public interest.
He also noted that while the agency employed various investigation techniques, he could confirm that no wiretap was placed inside Trump Tower to monitor then-candidate Trump, as he had claimed on social media.
Comey refused to say whether members of Trump’s campaign team—or other Trump properties, servers and communications—were monitored during the campaign. He confined his dismissal only to the President’s claims that his New York offices were bugged. He noted only that he “has no information that supports those Tweets.”
Rep. Peter Schiff did read several Tweets from Trump ally Roger Stone, who was booted from the campaign last July but continued to express his support for Trump. Stone claimed to have exclusive access to potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Schiff says Stone could be a key witness.
Stone recently admitted that he was in contact with hackers who breached a DNC server in September, releasing thousands of emails and leading to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation. He says the connections were “innocuous,” but a Senate panel investigating Trump-Russia connection has told Stone to retain any documents that could be related to the investigation.
The President responded to the new revelations with—what else?—a series of Tweets claiming the Russia connections were “fake news.”