Kaine expects FBI to announce White House-Russia investigation

Kaine expects FBI to announce White House-Russia investigation
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy Michael KaineDemocrats turn on Al Franken Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank MORE (D-Va.) said Wednesday he expects FBI Director James Comey to announce the FBI is investigating possible ties between Russia and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's presidential campaign, transition and administration.

“I think many of us are expecting that [Comey] will say, ‘Yes, the FBI is looking at it.’ That’s what I expect to hear,” Kaine told CNN “New Day” host Chris Cuomo.

Kaine stressed that the investigation must look into whether the White House is connected to Russia.

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“When you get to the bottom line of it, we have to understand everything about the ties between Russia, the Trump campaign, the Trump transition and the Trump administration, especially the degree to which Russia tried to invade the American election — because we have to protect future elections,” Kaine continued.

The former Democratic vice presidential nominee suggested this investigation would aid and protect U.S. allies in case Russia also tried to interfere with their elections.

“There’s elections in France coming up, there’s elections in Germany coming up. Russia has already been engaged in the Brexit election. They are engaged in the French election to some degree. We have got to give our allies some idea about how they can protect themselves,” he said, referring to Britain's referendum last year on whether to leave the European Union.

Kaine often questioned Trump's ties to Russia during the presidential campaign when he was as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE's running mate.