Report: FBI Director Comey told Trump that the Russian government did not influence the election

Report: FBI Director Comey told Trump that the Russian government did not influence the election
FBI Director James B. Comey testifies at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. For the second time in two days, FBI Director James Comey faces questions from Congress about the agency's response to recent acts of extremist violence and whether more could have been done to prevent attacks in Orlando and New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

According to sources who were briefed on conversations that FBI Director James Comey had with President-elect Donald Trump, Comey told Trump that there was no credible evidence to suggest that the Russian government played any part in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, or the hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Townhall reported late Wednesday that during the same phone conversation, Comey told Trump that National Intelligence Director James Clapper agreed with the FBI’s stance that there was no evidence to suggest Russian influence in the election.

Comey allegedly told Trump that there was only one U.S. intelligence official who was convinced the Russians were behind the hacked emails, and that was CIA Director John Brennan. Comey also added, “And Brennan takes his marching orders from President Obama.”

The sources also stated that Comey told Trump he saw the recent leaks to the Washington Post and New York Times as an attempt by the Democratic party to diminish Trump’s victory in the election by alleging he had outside help from the Russian government.

Comey added that the FBI had already been on the lookout for Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election for the past year, and that the connection between the Russian government and the email hacking was still an “open question.” In fact, Comey said it was equally as likely that the email hackers had no connections to Russian government whatsoever.