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Comey: FBI Investigated 4 Americans for Links to Russian Interference

by Axios | Updated on 12.9.18

Former FBI Director James Comey told congressional investigators Friday that in the summer of 2016, the FBI opened counterintelligence investigations into four Americans connected to then-candidate Trump to determine if they played a role in Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The big picture: Comey, who testified for seven hours before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, was unwilling to publicly reveal the identities of the four individuals. But the New York Times reported in May that four Trump associates — Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and Carter Page — were all investigated by the FBI for potential ties to Russia. Manafort, Flynn, and Papadopoulos have since been indicted or pleaded guilty to the special counsel for various crimes.

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  • Ellen
    12/09/2018
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    I find it inconceivable that there are still those who are stupid enough or blind enough or deaf enough to believe #45 is innocent of getting help from a foreign country to win the presidency. Everyone around him is guilty and has pled so. Either you think he is guilty or you have to think him TOO STUPID to know what went on around him during and after his campaign. Either way, he needs to go.

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  • SneakyPete
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    12/09/2018
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    Was this just a FBI “Deep State” Efforts to attack Candidate Trump while at the same time protecting Candidate Clinton? I strongly suspect that was the case..... SneakyPete........ 12*9*18.....

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  • DrCindyBean
    Voted Happy
    12/09/2018
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    I read the transcript of the Comey interview. Yes. All of it. I think Comey is a credible witness and I see no reason for Gaetz, meadows and howdy gowdy to continue this line of inquiry. It seems They aim to tear down democracy’s institutions like DOJ and FBI. That doesn’t make us stronger, better or more prosperous or peaceful. I believe Comey made some good points about needing to continue to build good institutions and have faith in those institutions. Comey made good points about questioning trump’s attacks on government institutions. You must call off the Gaetz, meadows and howdy gowdy attacks. They are not productive. It appears to be a purely partisan ‘clown-show’. I would be interested in the investigation into NY office of FBI and leaks involving Rudy Giuliani. That story has never seemed to be completely told....was FBI leaking to Guiliani in September:October 2016? It seems odd. That it has never been explained makes it more odd. Perhaps we’ll know one day about that situation?

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  • David
    Voted Apathetic
    12/09/2018
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    When are we going to let go of Comey, and especially of the Clintons? Their days have come, gone, and still the Republicans keep trying to revisit these issues to divert from the criminal enterprise currently in charge of our government. Although Comey didn’t identify them in his testimony Friday their identity is pretty obvious and Mueller has continued that investigation. The Trump Presidency and the Trump Organization are in trouble. No one is above the law, not even Donald Trump. The key to making sense of this is to watch what they do, not what they say.

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  • OlderNWiser
    12/09/2018
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    Comey’s latest revelations only scare me more about the attempts to establish a Russian dictatorship in the United States. Putin is working to destroy any country doing better than Russia and Russia is doing well only for oligarchs. Tragically this is becoming his story of the United States faster by the day. It is terrifying to think of what damage #45 Is perpetrating on the United States and the planet dearly. The autocratic corporatocracy must be stopped soon enough to end destruction of all life on the planet. The liar-in-chief and his minions our astoundingly corrupt. Malcom Nance says it all.

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  • Robert
    Voted Happy
    12/09/2018
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    Comey should have his day in court and before congress

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  • Miles
    Voted Apathetic
    12/09/2018
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    Comey has lied under oath multiple times. Yesterday he lied about knowing Chris Steele, who was the source of Hillary’s fake Russian dossier that started this whole thing. He also said “I don’t know” or “can’t remember” roughly 240 times. Either wildly incompetent or a huge liar. Also leaked info to the NYT. Never indicted though, hm.

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  • Bernie
    Voted Sad
    12/09/2018
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    Perkins Coie? Christopher Steele? Russian hand offs? Nothing to see here. Mueller is a corrupt buffoon.

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  • Deirdre
    Voted Happy
    12/09/2018
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    Everyone knows that trump and his goons all collided with Russia

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  • Timeline508
    12/09/2018
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    To collude or even have the slightest intention that lead to conversations concerning election. Remember Lock her up? Lock them up

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  • Page
    Voted Happy
    12/09/2018
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    I cannot be happy that our country is in this position, but I am happy that Mr Mueller is getting to the bottom of the Russian interference and the collaborators. I wait with baited breathe for the POTUS to go down too.

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  • RWM1701
    Voted Happy
    12/09/2018
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    There is no deep state!!!!!

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  • 1958FRO
    Voted Happy
    12/10/2018
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    The entire Republican party should be investigated for possible ties to Russia.

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  • KansasTamale
    Voted Happy
    12/09/2018
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    Comet wax NOT right when he announced the reopening of the Clinton Email fiasco. But he did everything else right & correctly. He should not have been treated the way he was.

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  • John
    Voted Happy
    12/09/2018
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    It is almost laughable that the house or anybody could believe and an FBI conspiracy. Donald Trump is Putin biggest liar to ever hit the presidency and a blight on this country. Anyone who doesn’t see that is blind to the facts place before them and is letting their Pardison if you get in the way of reality. What’s important is the future of this country And it’s democracy. The future of this should not be left in the hands of a liar. I should add quite possibly a criminal.

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  • Robert
    Voted Sad
    12/09/2018
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    What an absolute disgrace this shameful former director is. Rosenstein was right to recommend that he be fired by President Trump. Thankfully senator Graham will keep investigating how this “witch hunt” special council was formed. Then Trump will release the FISA documents so we can see how corrupt Obama and the Democrats are. We can then understand how they spied on a campaign and created a false narrative that was fed to the ALT left media to feed to the violent left wing progressive mob. The Democrat Socialist Party is a disgraceful example of something that is rotten to the core.

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  • Stickyfingers
    Voted Apathetic
    12/10/2018
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    Comey is a liar. He should serve time for leaking classified documents and lying under oath. There is no excuse for someone who was head of the FBI to do the things he did.

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  • mb2018
    Voted Sad
    12/09/2018
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    Comey truly fumbled the ball. While re-opening the Clinton email investigation - which I don’t fault him for if there was new evidence that could threaten national security - he should have also pushed harder against the “four people of interest” regarding the interaction with Russia. That information right there should have been enough to truly sound the alarm instead of playing right into the Trump campaigns rhetoric. I understand hindsight is 50/50 however the American public was no privy to this information prior to Election Day nor were we able to utilize whatever means necessary to change the course of action considering our election process was in fact being manipulated by a foreign interest and the head runner was in fact towing the line on Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution.

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  • Naftoli
    Voted Sad
    12/10/2018
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    This entire fiasco was an attempt to derail Candidate Trump. What the Obama administration did in surveiling Trump tower makes Nixon's action look like child's play. We need to get a "special council" to investigation Hillary Clinton & the Clinton Foundation - you will find Russian collusion there.

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  • Cosmo
    Voted Sad
    12/09/2018
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    This is old news. Read the New York Times. In addition, he is not an honorable man. He has disgraced his entire Department. He never authenticated the documents he passed on to the court. Comet allowed his personal bias to let Clinton off the hook. She had staff members destroy her cell phones using a 5lb sludge hammer. She authorized her staff to destroy any evidence that could be a potential problem. Comey, never did a thing. Totally bias towards the Republican Party, not just Our President. Watch how fast Muellers probe ends so The Democratic Congress can start several new investigations. Even the Southern District Of Manhattan wants to subpoena our President. Stand tall Mr. President, don’t get discouraged. Build the wall. No fast track to citizenship for illegals here in this country. 46% of our welfare now goes to illegals. ————— My grandchildren will be paying for illegals services and our Congressmen claim Social Security will run out of money. This is why our country is going to hell. We have to stop it now.

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