US President Donald Trump speaks during the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, May 15, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB
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President Donald Trump is decidedly premature in claiming everyone's convinced his presidential campaign and Russia did not collude before the election. Investigations into contacts between Russians and people with the Trump campaign are still going on, so there's no exoneration to be found. In a report published at the end of the Obama administration, Clapper said no coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia had been established from a review of evidence available to him by that point.Clapper expanded on that point Sunday, saying he did not know at the time that the FBI was digging deeply into "potential political collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians," and he was unaware of what the bureau might have found.Senate and House investigations continue, as does the FBI's, which Comey wanted to intensify before his dismissal last week.THE FACTS: The initial White House explanation for the firing, that Comey had bungled the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's email practices, persuaded no one. Trump was delighted with Comey's disclosures about the Clinton investigation during the campaign and praised him.THE FACTS: Comey hasn't responded publicly to Trump's claims.In congressional testimony March 20, Comey refused to say whether Trump himself was under investigation when asked directly.
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