FBI Director James Comey has informed House Intelligence Committee members that the bureau is looking into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election and any coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, CNN reported Tuesday.
Stephen Collinson writes Comey told the committee at a Monday hearing that FBI will also investigate if any crimes were committed in the previous U.S. election.
Comey testified at the panel hearing alongside Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, about ongoing investigations into Russia’s involvement in hacking the elections as well as President Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims against former President Barack Obama.
Reuters reported Tuesday that Trump took to Twitter in early March to claim that Obama had wiretapped his communications during the campaign.
At the meeting, Comey also warned about Russia’s capacity to interfere with future U.S. elections.
“They may be back in 2018,” he said.
“One of the lessons they may draw from this is that they were successful because they introduced chaos and division and discord and sowed doubt about the nature of this amazing country of ours and our democratic process.”