Jun 7, 2017

What Comey has already spilled about the Trump-Russia investigation

James Comey is no stranger to Congressional intel hearings, testifying on both the Clinton email investigation and the Trump-Russia investigation. Here's what he's said so far about the probe into Russia's election interference and possible collusion with Trump associates.

  • The FBI is investigating Russia's meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
  • The investigation includes looking into any contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russian government officials, and any crimes that could have been committed.
  • The FBI has performed background checks on some Trump officials, but Comey could not disclose any names.
  • Per his statement on Wednesday, as of January the FBI had not investigated Trump personally.
  • Comey believes Russia attempted to interfere with the election, but did not succeed in tampering with actual votes.
  • The FBI believes Russia is still attempting to interfere with American politics.
  • Comey expects more interference in 2018 and especially 2020 elections.

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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  3. Public health: Protests against police brutality threaten coronavirus response.
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  5. Climate: The alarm over climate financial risk gets louder because of coronavirus.
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The business of tear gas

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

U.S. forces yesterday used tear gas on peaceful protesters outside the White House gates, prior to a declared curfew, clearing a path for President Trump to visit a riot-damaged church for a photo opportunity.

The state of play: Two of the largest U.S. producers of tear gas are owned by private equity firms, but those firms have no interest in discussing their ownership.