1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Susan Collins, (R) Maine:
"Is it standard practice for the FBI to inform someone that they are not a target of an investigation?"
2. UPSOUND (English) Andrew McCabe, FBI Acting Director:
"It is not."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Susan Collins, (R) Maine:
"So, it would be unusual and not standard practice for there to, for there to have been a notification from the FBI Director to President Trump or anyone else involved in this investigation informing him or her that that individual is not a target? Is that correct?"
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew McCabe, FBI Acting Director:
"Again, ma'am, I'm not going to comment on what Director Comey may or may not have done."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Susan Collins, (R) Maine:
"I'm not asking you to comment on the facts of the case, I'm just trying to find out what's standard practice and what's not."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew McCabe, FBI Acting Director:
"I'm not aware of that being a standard practice."
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Angus King, (I) Maine:
"Well, yesterday, a White House press spokesman said that this is one of the smallest things on the plate of the FBI. Is that an accurate statement?"
8. UPSOUND (English) Sen. Angus King, (I) Maine:
"Is this a small investigation in relation to the other work that you're doing?"
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew McCabe, FBI Acting Director:
"Sir, we consider it to be a highly significant investigation."
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Angus King, (I) Maine:
"So you would not characterize this as one of the smallest things your engaged in?"
11. UPSOUND (English) Andrew McCabe, FBI Acting Director:
The acting FBI Director, Andrew McCabe, is suggesting that targets of investigations are never informed that they are being investigated.
President Donald Trump says ousted FBI Director James Comey told him three times that he was not under investigation, but the acting FBI director is telling Congress that's not standard practice.
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins serves on the Senate intelligence committee.
Collins asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe if the FBI typically tells people that they are not a target of investigation.
McCabe said he couldn't comment on what Comey might or might not have told the president, but that it's not standard practice to inform someone that they are not a target.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe disagrees with the White House suggestion that it's a low priority of the FBI to investigate Russian interference in the election and potential Trump campaign collusion.
McCabe says it's a "highly significant investigation," contradicting statements made by the White House downplaying the significance. On Wednesday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was "probably one of the smallest things" that the FBI has "got going on their plate."
McCabe tells a Senate panel that he would not describe the investigation that way.
Still, McCabe is declining to say exactly how many FBI personnel are involved in the investigation. McCabe says he can't discuss that in a public setting.