The FBI is actively investigating Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible cooperation from President Donald Trump’s campaign, agency director James Comey confirmed.
The existence of an investigation isn’t a surprise, but Comey’s announcement Monday is the first time the FBI has acknowledged an active case. The FBI typically does not comment on active investigations, but the Russian actions targeting the U.S. election represents an “unusual” case, he told members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.
Comey told lawmakers he couldn’t comment more on the investigation, but he said the FBI is looking into possible contacts and cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The FBI is looking into “the nature of any links” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, he said.