WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House on Monday fired back on claims by FBI head James Comey that president Trump may have colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

“Nothing has changed,” a White House official wrote in an email obtained by The Hill (http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/324785-white-house-no-evidence-of-trump-russia-collusion). “Senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on record to confirm there is NO EVIDENCE of Trump-Russia collusion and there is NO EVIDENCE of a Trump-Russia scandal.”

The retort comes in response to Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday in which the embattled FBI head confirmed that the agency is investigating possible meddling by the Russians to influence the outcome of the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

In a preemptive strike, president Trump took to Twitter ahead of Comey’s testimony where he tweeted the Russia story “is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!”

“The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!” the president added.

Undeterred, Comey said he will follow the details of the investigation wherever they take him.

“I can promise you we will follow the facts wherever they lead,” Comey said to the panel.

Despite often intense grilling by Intelligence committee panel members, Comey refused to prove specifics on what, if anything, the FBI has found in their investigation into alleged Russian meddling on the assertion that the investigation, which began in July, is still ongoing.



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