FBI and 5 other agencies investigating Trump money ties to Russia

Funny the things you hear about AFTER the election. McClatchy has confirmed with two sources that the FBI and five law enforcement and intelligence agencies having been investigating, since last spring, whether someone with Trump’s campaign or business empire conspired with the Russians to hack our election.

According to McClatchy the agencies include “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.”

This confirms a report from the BBC last week:

The significance of these allegations is that, if true, the president-elect of the United States would be vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.

I understand the CIA believes it is credible that the Kremlin has such kompromat – or compromising material – on the next US commander in chief. At the same time a joint taskforce, which includes the CIA and the FBI, has been investigating allegations that the Russians may have sent money to Mr Trump’s organisation or his election campaign.

Interestingly, the FBI felt it overwhelmingly important to notify the American people before the election that it was investigating months before the election Hillary’s email server, and then little more than a week before the election, Anthony’s Weiner’s emails. That second investigation in particular hurt Hillary badly in the final days of the election. (She was exonerated.)

Yet, at the same time, the FBI didn’t bother telling American voters about its ongoing investigation of the other candidate in the race. What kind of investigation was it? Did Donald Trump has an secret email server? No. It was a treason investigation of Trump’s staff.

More from McClatchy:

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said….

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….

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.

Then McClatchy drops this little bombshell:

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.

So just to recap, FBI Director Comey felt the American people need to know all about possible  problems with Hillary’s email server, but he didn’t feel that the American people needed to know about Trump’s possible problems with treason.

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