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Comey has no doubt whatsoever that Russia was behind election hacks

In the first round of questions, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) tried to reestablish the seriousness of the ongoing broader probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the presidential election.

Asked if the special counsel’s office had reviewed Comey’s written testimony, which was released on Wednesday, Comey replied: “No.”

When Burr asked if Comey had “any doubt that Russia attempted to interfere” in last year’s elections, Comey replied: “None.”

“Do you have any doubt that the Russian government was behind the intrusions” of email accounts at the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign, Comey said, “No, no doubt.”

Audible murmurs could be heard across the room.

When Burr asked whether Comey doubted that the Russian government was behind attempted cyber intrusions into voter databases, the former director said, “No.”

He added under questioning that he had “no doubt” that Russian government officials were aware of the attempts to meddle in the elections.

But Comey said he was “confident” that there were no ballots altered during the 2016 election. “I’d seen no indication of that whatsoever” before he was dismissed last month, Comey said.

Comey also said that President Trump never asked him to abandon the investigation nor that any administration official asked that he do so.

“No,” he told Burr.

James Comey testimony: Updates and reaction

Former FBI director James B. Comey is set to testify today in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.; a closed hearing is to start at 1 p.m.

Comey’s testimony was previewed on Wednesday in written remarks in which he describes President Trump’s demand of loyalty and the investigations.

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