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Comey: FBI investigated 4 Americans for links to Russian interference

James Comey
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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.

Report: FBI and DOJ to propose redactions in declassified documents

FBI director Christopher Wray leaning over to talk to Rod Rosenstein
FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The FBI, Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence plan to propose redactions for sensitive information regarding sources and methods in the Russia investigation documents that President Trump has ordered to be declassified, reports Bloomberg.

The big picture: Trump and some Republican lawmakers believe the declassified materials — which include documents and texts related to Carter Page, James Comey, Peter Strzok and others — will show the Russia investigation was corrupted by bias. Intelligence officials and Democratic leaders like Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. Adam Schiff believe Trump has crossed a line, and that declassification could compromise the ongoing investigation.

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