Democrat asks FBI about investigating ex-Trump aide

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands during a service at the International Church of Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee says FBI Director James Comey should tell Congress and the public whether his agency is investigating Donald Trump’s former campaign manager about possible ties to Russian interests.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said in a statement Monday that Democrats have been seeking an investigation into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has been linked to pro-Kremlin elements in Russia and Ukraine.

Democrats have been criticizing Comey for revealing Friday, just 11 days before the election, that the FBI was looking into newly discovered emails that may be pertinent to their dormant investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Cummings says Comey’s action could damage the FBI’s credibility. He said its standing could be further damaged if the FBI investigated Manafort but kept that secret.


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