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Behind closed doors, former FBI Director James Comey gave new details about a Russia probe, saying the FBI had launched investigations into four Americans in July, 2016. In remarks released on Saturday, Comey said the probe was examining whether or not they helped Russia's alleged meddling of the Presidential election.
According to a transcript of a hearing held by the US Judiciary Committee on Friday, Comey also appeared to suggest the investigations were looking into ties between Russia and US President, Donald Trump's election campaign. He didn't identify the people being investigated, but said Trump, then a Republican candidate was not one of them.
But he did say the four had, quote, some connection to Mr. Trump. Trump fired Comey in May 2017, after taking office in January that year. Not long after that, the Department of Justice named a special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow.
Trump renewed his call to end Robert Mueller's investigation on Saturday. Repeating his claim that it's a witch hunt. At the hearing on Friday, when asked about how extensively he's cooperated with the Mueller investigation->> Enjoy your weekend.>> Comey was tight lipped. Most of the hearing on Friday covered lawmaker's questions about Republican led investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was in office.
The Republican led inquiries have been lambasted by Democrats who will take over the House of Representatives in January as a partisan effort to undermine Mueller's investigation.