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FBI confirms probe of Trump links to Russian campaign meddling

'Possibility of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials is a serious matter'

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

FBI Director James Comey (
FBI Director James Comey

The investigating the allegations of any links between the campaign and is a serious matter, the Democratic party leadership said on Monday, demanding a fair, independent and impartial probe.

"The possibility of coordination between the campaign and Russian officials is a serious matter. The investigation must be fair, independent, and impartial in every way, and the must be allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead," Senator Charles Schumer, Senate Majority leader, said in a statement.

Schumer said this soon after Director James Comey told a Congressional panel that the agency was probing Russia's meddling in last year's presidential polls, including possible links between the campaign and Moscow.

"The Department of Justice and Trump administration must allow Director Comey's investigation to move forward without any interference, meddling or political pressure of any kind whatsoever," he said.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the existence of a

month-long FBI investigation into Trump officials' ties to the Russians confirms the necessity of a comprehensive, independent, bipartisan commission to bring the full truth to light.

"The possibility of Trump officials conspiring with a foreign adversary to influence a represents a grave threat to our national security and our democracy, and the American people deserve answers," she said.

Trump has been desperate to distract attention from the FBI investigation into the Kremlin's grip on his administration. Director Comey's testimony put the last nail into President Trump's mendacious wiretapping claims, she alleged.

"Trump owes President Obama and the American people an apology for his disgraceful and incendiary fabrications," Pelosi demanded.

"The Deflector-in-Chief's desperation demands answers to our original question: what is Russia's political, personal and financial grip on the Trump Administration?The American people want and deserve the whole truth about the Trump-connection," she said.

First Published: Tue, March 21 2017. 08:30 IST