Comey Debunks NYT Report About Trump Campaign Having Repeated Contacts With Russians

    Updated: June 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm EST  See Comments

    ( – “In the main, it was not true,” former FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Thursday.

    He was talking about a February 14 New York Times report titled, “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence.”

    According to that report:

    Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

    American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

    The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation. But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin.

    Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) on Thursday asked Comey if he remembered the article.

    Comey said he did; “It was about allegedly extensive electronic surveillance,” he said.

    The remainder of this article is available in its entirety at CNS News

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