During the hearing, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Comey what kind of "threat" Russia presents to the "democratic process."
"Certainly, in my view the greatest threat of any nation on Earth, given their intention and their capability," Comey answered.
Commenting on Comey’s remarks, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing: "I think that’s the view of the FBI. We rely on them and the rest of the intelligence community to provide the president with updates on what they are learning."
Spicer added that President Donald Trump has confidence in the director of FBI, despite disagreements over the agency's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
At the same time, he said he did not know what kind of evidence was behind Comey’s allegations against Russia.
When asked whether Trump shares Comey’s view of Russia, Spicer stressed that the US president continues to consider North Korea the most dangerous threat to global peace at this point.
"Comey often goes beyond his functions and does not bother about evidence. We have repeatedly heard the claim that Russia is a 'threat' but no one can explain what the deal is. For example, while the claim that North Korea is a threat is clear, when it comes to Russia it is always about meddling into the election. However, no one can explain why Russia would ever need that," Bruter told Radio Sputnik.
The expert noted that the FBI director does not take care of what the White House thinks on the matter.
According to Anatoly Petrenko, a political analyst and professor at the Academy of Social Management, by making such remarks Comey risks losing his job.
"I guess he’s experiencing a crisis in his professional duties. It seems Comey has problems with orientation in space and time. I guess that a couple more of such statements and Comey will have to leave the office. Maybe, he wants to win some political gains in front of the audience. Maybe, he’s sincere but his sincerity is not a good sign," Petrenko said in an interview with Radio Sputnik.
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