>> FBI Director James Comey making his first public statements Tuesday since that explosive disclosure in October that some argued changed the election. Appearing at a Senate intelligence committee, Comey steering clear of the Hillary Clinton email scandal. But instead, focusing on the other cyber issue that rocked the election, Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
Of note, did Russia also hack the Republicans but simply not leak the information? The answer, yes, with caveats.>> There was hacking directed at state level organizations, state level campaigns, and the RNC, but old domains of the RNC. None of that was released. We did not develop any evidence that the Trump campaign or the current RNC was successfully hacked.
>> Also brought up, whether or not Trump's team were in touch with the Russians during the campaign.>> Has the FBI investigated these reported relationships, and if so, what are the agency's findings?>> Thank you Senator. I would never comment on investigations, whether we have one or not, in an open forum like this.
So I really can't answer it one way or another.>> The irony of your making that statement here, I cannot avoid. But I'll move on.>> But we sometimes think differently about closed investigations. But you asked me if I had any pending investigations and we're not gonna talk about that.
>> All right.>> Senator Kamala Harris echoing that sentiment, noting that Comey made an exception to this rule when he disclosed the FBI had seized emails on Anthony Weiner's computer that may or may not pertain to the Hillary Clinton investigation. Harris and others urging the FBI to release what they know about the Trump campaign's contact with Russia.
>> Particularly given the findings of your report, I'm not sure I can think of any issue of more serious public interest than this one.>> On whether the findings of the intelligence report was being influenced by democrats sore at the elections outcome, Comey taking the opportunity to make a dig at himself, arguing the probe was completely apolitical like him.
>> Yes, I hope I've demonstrated by now I'm tone deaf when it comes to politics and that's the way it should be.>>