Thursday, May 4, 2017

Al Franken presses Comey to investigate Trump’s taxes to see depth of Russia connections

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) grilled FBI Director James Comey on President Donald Trump’s financial ties to Russian oligarchs.

The Minnesota Democrat laid out business relationships between Trump, his White House staff, cabinet officials, campaign advisers and Russia, and he asked whether FBI investigators had access to the president’s tax returns.

Comey declined to say whether investigators had viewed Trump’s taxes, but he agreed that had Russia in the past exploited financial arrangements to influence politics abroad.

“I hope people don’t over-interpret my answers, but I don’t want to start talking about anything — what we’re looking at and how,” Comey said.

He agreed that intelligence agencies believed Russia had a clear preference for Trump, which he said was based in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dislike for Hillary Clinton.  Read post 

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