"Many times they know that individuals may be Russian officials", he said later, speaking broadly about how Russians use people, "but they don't know that there is an intelligence connection or an intelligence motive behind it".
FBI agents investigating ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia reportedly are focused on meetings Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had with Russian figures.
According to the CNN story, Comey did not consult with Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he chose to make a public announcement that the investigation was over. He is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka.
Attorney Jamie Gorelick issued the statement on his behalf amid reports the FBI is investigating meetings Kushner had with Russian officials in December.
Investigators are interested in Kushner's separate meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and banker Sergey Gorkov in December 2016, The Washington Post reports, although the newspaper writes that Kushner has not been accused of doing anything wrong.
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Germany also condemned the attack, with a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Berlin calling it "simply a tragedy". Eyewitnesses said masked men opened fire after stopping the Christians, who were in a bus and other vehicles.
Needless to say, more than a decade later, when Jared Kushner had the new president's ear, Christie's dreams of a White House career were shattered. Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, told Congress this month that that deception left Flynn vulnerable to being blackmailed by the Russians. Other people are also being investigated but their identities have not been revealed yet.
Investigators are looking into possible financial crimes in addition to possible collusion between the campaign and Russian officials, the paper reported on Thursday. However, prosecutors can and do bring charges against individuals who are not designated as targets. But he told The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, that the business - Strawberry C- may become a reincarnation of his former public relations and marketing firm.
According to the Washington Post, Kushner is under scrutiny from Federal Bureau of Investigation officials for multiple meetings he had with Russian officials past year that he had previously failed to disclose.
The news comes a day after it was reported Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose Russian Federation meetings and other foreign contacts on his security clearance application. The application requires an individual to disclose all recent contacts with foreign nationals.
However, not only the Kushner-Russian ambassador meetings held in December raised the FBI's concerns, but an April 2016 meeting at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington as well. But why their investigation has led them to Kushner is clearer.