While speaking to the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, FBI director James Comey publicly confirmed there is an ongoing investigation in to Russian interference in the 2016 general election.
“As you know our practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations, especially those investigations that involve classified matters,” Comey told the committee. “But, in unusual circumstances, where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so, as Justice Department policies recognize. This is one of those circumstances.”
The director then confirmed that the F.B.I. was investigating Russian collusion.
“The F.B.I., as part of our counterintelligence effort, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 president election,” he said.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary committee, urged the F.B.I. chief to be 'transparent' with the American people; claiming he was briefed there was no evidence that President Trump himself colluded with Russian authorities.
After Comey briefing + doc review I can say @POTUS and Clapper R both right about this No evidence of Trump collusion w Russia— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 20, 2017
FBI Dir Comey needs to be transparent + tell the public what he told me about whether he is or is not investigating @POTUS— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 20, 2017
The F.B.I., which has sufficient cause to investigate possible foreign interference in the general election, has no reason to believe any specific votes were purposefully altered or fraudulent.
Watch Comey confirm the investigation above.