Intelligence agencies and law enforcement are now probing into Russia’s interference in our election. And one of the things they’re investigating is a possible connection between Trump’s campaign and money from the Kremlin.
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 are all working on getting to the bottom of the Russian hacks. Part of the investigation includes finding out whether or not cash from the Kremlin secretly helped Donald Trump win the Presidency.
The McClatchy Washington Bureau reports,
“Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. 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.”
Donald Trump will be inaugurated on Friday. And while he was recently pressured into finally acknowledging Russia’s hack, he has been very much against any kind of investigation. He has called the investigation into possible links between Russia and his campaign “a political witch hunt” and a “complete and total fabrication.”
It appears that the intelligence community may not agree.
“A key mission of the six-agency group has been to examine who financed the email hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The London-based transparency group WikiLeaks released the emails last summer and in October.
The working group is scrutinizing the activities of a few Americans who were affiliated with Trump’s campaign or his business empire and of multiple individuals from Russia and other former Soviet nations who had similar connections, the sources said.”
Our intelligence agencies are all in agreement that Russia did, in fact, interfere in our election for the purpose of helping to elect Donald Trump. What they are trying to figure out now is whether or not Trump, or any of his people, colluded with Russia.
“The BBC reported last week that the joint inquiry was launched when the CIA learned last spring, through a Baltic ally, of a recording indicating the Russian government was planning to funnel funds aimed at influencing the U.S. election.”
McClatchy’s sources confirmed the BBC’s report that the FBI got a warrant on October 15 from the extremely secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The warrant allowed the FBI to have access to bank records and other documents involving potential payments and money transfers related to Russia.
Susan Hennessey, a former attorney for the National Security Agency, said that she didn’t know whether or not a FISA warrant had been issued. But she stressed the point that FISA warrants are only issued if investigators can demonstrate “probable cause” that a crime has been committed.
“If, in fact, law enforcement has obtained a FISA warrant, that is an indication that additional evidence exists outside of the dossier.”