President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, at least publicly, have remained silent on the issue.
In an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt last month, Pence said that while he was “not going to say that we didn’t know, I would not say that it was an active investigation.”
Pence has not responded to a request for comment from Recode.
Trump has not said anything about the issue since he fired FBI Director James Comey, saying at a news conference in March that the FBI was “the best thing that’s happened to our country.”
The president also did not deny his role in Comey’s firing, saying he was not “in the loop.”
But he said in the interview that he didn’t have to know.
He did not respond to a CNN request for an interview.
Trump’s refusal to address the issue has led to speculation that he may have been in on the plot.
On Thursday, Pence told NBC News, “I don’t know that I can comment on that because I’m not in the loop and I can’t talk about that.”
Pence said in an interview that there was a lot of information that was coming from the Justice Department that was not made public, including the existence of an investigation.
“I can say that this was the best thing to happen to our nation since World War II,” he said.
Trump also called the investigation into his campaign ties to Russia a “witch hunt.”
But the White House says Pence is not in charge of it, and that he does not know the scope of the investigation.
Recode’s sources also told Recode that the Justice department has not been open about its investigation into Russia’s role in the election.
“There is no active investigation,” a Justice official told Recoders Recode reporter.
“That is something that has been kept very quiet by the president, his staff and the administration.”
In response to this story, a Justice Department spokesman said in a statement that the department does not discuss ongoing investigations and would not comment on the status of the ongoing investigation.
A spokesman for the Justice official added that the office of the attorney general “does not have any knowledge of the status or ongoing investigation by the FBI.”