At Russia Intel Hearing, Stefanik Quizzes FBI Chief

At Russia Intel Hearing, Stefanik Quizzes FBI Chief

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North country congresswoman Elise Stefanik quizzed FBI director James Comey during Monday's hearing on Russian hacking of the 2016 election.

During the hearing, Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI is investigating whether members of President Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election.

Comey disclosed the investigation had been underway for months before senior members of Congress were notified, prompting Stefanik, a member of the Intelligence Committee, to ask why.

"Because of the sensitivity of the matter," Comey answered.

Stefanik noted "I think moving forward it seems that the most severe and serious investigations should be notified to senior congressional leadership."

She also quizzed Comey and the head of the National Security Agency, Admiral Mike Rogers, on what the agencies are doing to protect the country from Russian hacking.

And Comey again acknowledged to Stefanik - as the FBI has said in the past - that Russian hacking efforts were not confined to the Democratic party or former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and that organizations tied to the Republican party were also targeted.

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