FBI director James Comey, who upended the 2016 presidential election by writing a very public letter opining on his empty investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of an email server, is taking a far more discrete approach with regards to a potential inquiry into Trump’s Russia ties.
According to reports, Comey met with select senators on Friday to update them on the FBI’s investigation. As reported by Politico, “The Senate Intelligence Committee held a closed-door briefing Friday afternoon with FBI Director James Comey, amid an uproar on Capitol Hill over alleged contacts between Trump advisers and Russian officials.”
Senators present at the briefing declined to comment substantively as they left the meeting room. Mark Warner, the Democratic Senator from Virginia, said he was hopeful a process would be put in place to ensure an effective investigation would take place.
However, Comey serves at the pleasure of Donald Trump. Given the history between the two, it is unclear whether and to what extent Comey would investigate the many serious claims about Trump and his ties to Russia. Comey has yet to comment why he found it so appropriate to publicly discuss his investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email issues, while remaining publicly silent on the far more serious and substantive issues surrounding Trump and Russia.