In front of the most anticipated U.S. congressional hearing in years, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey claimed that the Trump administration lied and defamed him and the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian influence into the 2016 presidential election. U.S. intelligence agencies believe Russia aided the Trump administration by hacking damaging emails and taking other steps to discredit democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Russia denies any interference.
Trump has acknowledged Comey’s dismissal was due to the investigation. Comey says it is up to the Senate Intelligence Committee and special counsel Robert Mueller to decide whether or not Trump’s actions constitute obstruction of justice in the investigation and the FBI probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
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