By David L. GuralnickPublished November 18, 2019 09:48:51Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey said Friday that he has no plans to recuse his agency from an investigation into President Donald Trump’s associates’ ties to Russia.
Comey said in a written statement that he will cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation and that he had no further comment.
The FBI is a part of the Justice Department, and the bureau does not normally discuss ongoing investigations.
The FBI has long been one of the most powerful institutions in the United States.
The agency, which has the ability to compel witnesses to testify and obtain records from witnesses, has led some of the largest and most important criminal investigations in the country.
But it is not known whether the bureau will be involved in the special investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Comey’s announcement comes as former President Donald Trumps campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from their ties to the Russian government and lobbying efforts.
The indictments were announced Friday.
The White House and Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.