Comey Confirms FBI Investigation Into Trump, Russia, and the 2016 Election

Comey made the comments Monday in an appearance before the House Intelligence Committee.

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Karyn Bruggeman
March 20, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

“FBI Dir­ect­or James Comey is set to face prob­ing ques­tions Monday about Rus­sia’s in­volve­ment in the pres­id­en­tial elec­tion at a highly an­ti­cip­ated pub­lic ap­pear­ance be­fore the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee.” (Politico) “Comey con­firmed Monday the FBI is in­vest­ig­at­ing Rus­sia’s med­dling in the pres­id­en­tial elec­tion, in­clud­ing pos­sible links between the Trump cam­paign and Mo­scow. Comey told the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee at a hear­ing that the bur­eau nor­mally does not com­ment on the ex­ist­ence of coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence in­vest­ig­a­tions, but that he was au­thor­ized to do so in this case be­cause of the ex­traordin­ary pub­lic in­terest.” (Politico)

OTH­ER RUS­SIA UP­DATES. Ro­ger Stone “an in­form­al ad­viser to Pres­id­ent Trump, has been asked by the Sen­ate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee to pre­serve any re­cords he may have in con­nec­tion to a broad­er in­quiry in­to Rus­si­an at­tempts to in­ter­fere with United States elec­tions.” (New York Times)

“Ukrain­i­an pro­sec­utors want to ques­tion” Trump’s former Cam­paign Man­ager “Paul Man­a­fort in con­nec­tion with a cor­rup­tion in­vest­ig­a­tion and have made re­peated re­quests for as­sist­ance from US au­thor­it­ies” (CNN)

“A Re­u­ters re­view found that at least 63 in­di­vidu­als with Rus­si­an pass­ports or ad­dresses have bought at least $98.4 mil­lion worth of prop­erty in sev­en Trump-branded lux­ury towers in south­ern Flor­ida.” (Re­u­ters)

The Demo­crat­ic su­per PAC Amer­ic­an Bridge is run­ning new web ads high­light­ing Trump’s ties to Rus­sia. (Politico)

WEEK IN RE­VIEW. Last week, Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump’s “agenda was sub­sumed by prob­lems of his own mak­ing, his mes­sage un­der­cut by a seem­ingly end­less stream of con­tro­versy he can­not seem to stop him­self from feed­ing. The health care meas­ure ap­pears on track for a House vote this week, and the pres­id­ent, who planned a week­end of re­lax­a­tion at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach, Fla., club, is likely to re­ceive a large meas­ure of the cred­it. But it has also be­come clear that…Trump, an agit­at­or in­cap­able of re­spond­ing pro­por­tion­ately to any slight, ap­pears hell­bent on squan­der­ing his hon­ey­moon.” (New York Times)

Trump’s ap­prov­al rat­ing dropped down to 37% in Gal­lup’s track­ing poll.

STAFF IS­SUES. Trump’s New York City friends and ad­visors are the sub­ject of sus­pi­cion and mis­trust among more con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers in the White House and in D.C. (Wash­ing­ton Post) “See­basti­an Gorka, Pres­id­ent Trump’s top counter-ter­ror­ism ad­viser, is a form­al mem­ber of a Hun­gari­an far-right group that is lis­ted by the U.S. State De­part­ment as hav­ing been ‘un­der the dir­ec­tion of the Nazi Gov­ern­ment of Ger­many’ dur­ing World War II.” (For­ward)

TRAVEL BAN. “The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion filed court pa­pers Fri­day hop­ing to sal­vage its second ver­sion of a travel ban after two judges in sep­ar­ate cases this week found that it prob­ably vi­ol­ated the Con­sti­tu­tion.” (Wash­ing­ton Post) “A fed­er­al judge in Hawaii who is­sued a tem­por­ary re­strain­ing or­der against key parts of…Trump’s re­vised travel ban last week has turned down a Justice De­part­ment re­quest to nar­row the in­junc­tion.” (Politico)

BHAR­ARA WAS PROB­ING PRICE. “Former U.S. At­tor­ney Preet Bhar­ara, who was re­moved from his post by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion last week, was over­see­ing an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to stock trades made by the pres­id­ent’s health sec­ret­ary, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­i­ar with the of­fice.” (ProP­ub­lica)

TAX RE­TURNS. “Fa­cing a jeer­ing crowd of demon­strat­ors and left-lean­ing voters,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) “said that…Trump should re­lease his tax re­turns.” (Politico)

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