"I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".
When then-FBI Director James B. Comey explained to Congress last March the scope of his investigation into Donald Trump aides and Russian Federation, his words would also fit the Hillary Clinton campaign today. "There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out".
In tweets to his more than 40 million followers, Trump offered a litany of accusations against Clinton and seemed to praise Republicans for starting new congressional investigations.
"They failed to accurately disclose the goal and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian Federation, effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law", states a press release from the organization.
The president's latest outburst over the inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller surfaced on Twitter as his administration braced for the possibility that the first batch of charges in the case could be publicly announced as soon as Monday. "DO SOMETHING!", Trump also said. CNN said the target of the charges was unclear.
"In that capacity, during the 2016 election cycle we retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary, just as we retained other firms to assist in our research into Hillary Clinton", the statement reads.
For example, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, has voiced concerns the the FBI might have started its investigation into Trump and Russian Federation using this opposition research, tainting it from the start.
He said: "Contrary to what many have suggested, the President's comments today are unrelated to the activities of the special counsel, with whom he continues to cooperate".
James Comey confirms Twitter account that was anonymous
However, until Monday, Comey had not formally acknowledged he was the man behind the account. The meme was accompanied by a link to the FBI's hiring page, fueling further speculation.
In her interview Sunday, Collins also said Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias should be brought back to speak with the intelligence committee.
Susan Collins says the committee should further question John Podesta and Debbie Wasserman Schultz following disclosures last week that the Clinton campaign and DNC helped fund research that ended up in the dossier.
CNN reported in January that senior United States intelligence officials briefed then-President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump about the dossier just weeks before Trump's inauguration.
The House Intelligence Committee announced Saturday that Fusion GPS, the firm behind the anti-Trump files, has agreed to reveal its financial records.
Republicans have tried to nail Clinton on pay-to-play allegations as her husband was paid $500,000 to give a speech in Moscow by a Russian bank with Kremlin ties and connections to the Uranium One deal, while the decision-making process was taking place.
The research effort expanded in March 2016 under financing from Democrats.
The Washington Post was first to report news of the Clinton campaign and the DNC's involvement with Fusion GPS.
Information for this article was contributed by Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post; by Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The New York Times; by Alan Levin, Ben Brody Mark Niquette and Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News; and by staff members of The Associated Press.