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Comey: FBI is investigating Russian interference in election

FBI Director James Comey testified Monday during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

FBI Director James Comey confirmed during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday that the FBI is investigating Russian interference in November’s presidential election.

The investigation, Comey said, includes an examination of the alleged “links” between President Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was coordination between the two during during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Comey said the FBI’s practice is generally “not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations” but that in “unusual circumstances, where it is in the public interest, it may be necessary to do so."

He told the committee, “I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI is investigating Russia's interference in the U.S. election."

The investigation "includes whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russian efforts,” Comey said.

“This will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed,” Comey said, adding that since there is classified information involved, he could not “say more about whose conduct we are investigating.”

American intelligence officials have stated that Moscow sought to interfere in last year’s presidential election.

The president has denied ties to Russia.

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