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How the FBI’s Russia Investigation Could Work

The bureau has been running counterintelligence for 100 years.
FBI Director James Comey has refused to speculate on how long the FBI investigation into Russian interference could take, but some experts say it could be a few years.
04_21_Comey_06 Source: Samuel Corum/Anadolu/Getty

“Counterintelligence is to intelligence as chess is to checkers, and we’re playing at the grand master level now,” says Tim Weiner, author of Enemies: A History of the FBI and Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. He’s talking about the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s election tampering and possible collusion with people associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign.

The FBI has been running counterintelligence since World War I, when the federal government learned that spies from abroad had been operating in the United

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