FBI Director James Comey is publicly confirming for the first time that the FBI is investigating Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including any potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and Russia's government.
Comey is testifying before Congress. He says he's authorized by the Justice Department to make the disclosure. Typically, the FBI does not discuss or even confirm the existence of ongoing investigations.
Comey says the probe is part of the FBI's counter-intelligence mission. He says the investigation includes the nature of any links between individuals associated with Trump's campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between Russia's efforts and the campaign.
Comey says the investigation will also look at whether crimes were committed. He says he can't provide details about the investigation.
The president has created a lot of buzz around this subject ever since he posted tweets like this one earlier this month:
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Another big subject Comey may address is whether or not there is any evidence of Russian meddling in the election and if any U.S. citizens had any part in it.
The president has already tweeted about this:
The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
To top all this off Republican and Democrats in the Senate will take on Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch starting today for his confirmation hearing.
Leading up to this hearing, both liberal and conservative groups have been releasing ads pushing their stance on the nominee.
The People for the American Way Organization says Gorsuch does not respect the constitution.
The Judicial Crisis Network advocates for him calling him the "perfect choice for the supreme court."