Comey just confirmed the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia

FBI Director James Comey just dropped a bombshell while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee.

While being questioned by committee members, Comey acknowledged that while the Federal Bureau of Investigations typically doesn’t comment on ongoing investigations until the investigation has concluded, “In unusual circumstances, [commenting on certain investigations] might be appropriate.” He then said that his agency was indeed looking into President Trump’s ties to Russia during his presidential campaign, and that those connections would be “if possible, prosecuted.”

“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to disclose that the FBI is investigating the Russian government’s interference in the US elections,” Comey said during the hearing. “Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining.”

He added that the FBI is “investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

Up until Monday’s hearing, Comey had only been talking to members of Congress in classified, closed-door briefings. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters last week after a classified briefing with Comey that she believed Trump’s eventual resignation was inevitable.

Prior to the hearing, President Trump took to Twitter to defend himself against the allegations that Russia worked with his campaign during the election, and dismissed the investigation as “fake news.”

Watch live feed of the hearing below, courtesy of PBS NewsHour:

 

Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.