CNN: FBI Has Info That Trump Associates Did ‘Possibly Coordinate’ With Russia

FBI Director James Comey testifies as the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence holds its first public hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the murky web of contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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CNN digs in on what James Comey meant when he told Congress this week that the FBI is investigating whether there was “coordination” between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In a carefully hedged report, CNN allows that its sources offer conflicting accounts of how solid the evidence of alleged coordination is:

One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests “people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready.” But other U.S. officials who spoke to CNN say it’s premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it’s largely circumstantial.

In contrast, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told Chuck Todd earlier Wednesday that there was “more than circumstantial evidence” of collusion:

The CNN report concludes: “The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place, but the information suggesting collusion is now a large focus of the investigation, the officials said.”

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