With the investigation into Russian election interference and potential collusion with Trump associates being the underlying issue of today’s Senate Intelligence hearing, former FBI Director James Comey was directly asked if President Donald Trump colluded with Russia.
And he was not forthcoming.
During a question-and-answer session with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Comey was asked if he believed the president was involved in collusion with Russia regarding hacking the election.
“That’s a question I don’t think I should answer in an open setting,” the ex-FBI chief noted. “When I left, we did not have an investigation focused on President Trump. But that’s a question that will be answered by the investigation, I think.”
Cotton went on to press Comey over previous statements he had said regarding not seeing any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and if anything had changed.
Comey explained that he didn’t “want to go down the path” of talking about the investigation in an “open setting” but that he was also not trying to suggest anything “nefarious.”