FBI Director James Comey on Thursday announced that the bureau is investigating a potential Trump campaign and Russian influence in the 2016 election, saying it is “in the process of establishing a reasonable basis for such an inquiry.”
The announcement came as Comey defended his handling of the probe into Russia’s election interference and Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Comey said he expects to issue a decision in the next few days.
In an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Comey said the FBI is examining whether Russia attempted to sway the election in favor of Trump and his campaign.
The announcement comes as the FBI and other federal agencies grapple with the question of whether the Trump campaign or its associates coordinated with Russian operatives to influence the election. “
I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to speculate, but there are no grounds to believe that they did,” Comey told CBS.
The announcement comes as the FBI and other federal agencies grapple with the question of whether the Trump campaign or its associates coordinated with Russian operatives to influence the election.
The FBI is also examining whether Trump himself colluded with the Russians.
Comey told the CBS interviewer that “the FBI is going to be conducting its own investigation” into the matter.
He did not specify what that investigation would be or what evidence it might be looking at.
The White House has said that Flynn is cooperating with the investigation, while Trump himself has said Flynn’s testimony is being “protected” from disclosure.
The former national intelligence chief has said he has no plans to testify about his conversations with Trump.
Comey also confirmed that a federal grand jury is investigating Flynn and Russia.