Wednesday, January 18, 2017
FBI, 5 Other Agencies Are Probing If The Kremlin Covertly Funded Trump
Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden --
It's official: after months of speculation that the Feds and other US intelligence agencies are probing whether Trump has any connections to the Kremlin, financial or otherwise, this afternoon McClatchy confirmed that indeed, the FBI and five other intelligence and law enforcement agencies have collaborated for months on an investigation into whether Russia’s government secretly helped President-elect Donald Trump win the election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump.
The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence.
According to McClatchy sources, the US investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said. Considering that this method was first suggested by the former MI6 agent Chris Steele who was hired to develop politically damaging and unverified research about Trump, the pieces are slowly starting to fall into place. Yet according to the unsourced report, the inter-agency working group began to explore possible Russian interference last spring, long before the FBI received information from the former British spy, suggesting he may not have been the spark that launched the probe.