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Comey: No One Asked Me to Stop the Investigation into Russia

Former FBI director James Comey is giving testimony before Congress today, and he indicated that neither President Trump nor anyone else in the White House asked him to stop the FBI’s broader investigation into Russia’s efforts to mess with the 2016 election

After challenging the Trump Administration about their attempts to defame him with “lies,” Comey faced questions from Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-NC). After Comey restated his conclusion about Russia’s activities before the election, Burr asked Comey a series of pointed questions about what Trump asked of him during their encounters with each other

Burr: “Did the president at any time ask you to stop the FBI investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections?”

Comey: “Not to my understanding, no.”

Burr: “Did any individual working for this administration, including the Justice Department, ask you to stop the Russia investigation?

Comey: “No.”

Burr went on to inquire as to what Trump asked Comey to do in terms of ceasing the investigation into former National Security adviser Michael Flynn. Comey said Flynn was in “legal jeopardy” due to the open criminal investigation he is facing, and even though Trump’s remarks concerned Comey, he could not say if the conversation with the president was part of an “effort to obstruct.”

Comey was also asked about whether there was any evidence of criminality that the FBI could find that was not tied to the 2016 elections or coordination with Russia.

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