Six agencies, federal cops, investigate Russia paying for pro-Trump hackers

“Oh, Look. This one has Donald’s name engraved on it.”

❝ 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…

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…

❝ 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…two sources said.

The informal, inter-agency working group began to explore possible Russian interference last spring, long before the FBI received information from a former British spy hired to develop politically damaging and unverified research about Trump…

❝ Trump’s presidential transition team did not respond to a request for comment about the inquiry.

❝ FBI Director Comey refused at a recent Senate hearing to comment on whether the bureau was investigating Russia’s hacking campaign for possible criminal prosecutions. Spokespeople for the FBI, the Justice Department and the national intelligence director declined to comment…

❝ The BBC reported that the FBI had obtained a warrant on Oct. 15 from the highly secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court allowing investigators access to bank records and other documents about potential payments and money transfers related to Russia…

RTFA for the whole context. Importantly, this started before the Chris Steele dossier surfaced with the FBI. That the FBI was able to get a FISA warrant indicates they were able to establish probable cause the target was a foreign power – and the surveillance was likely to produce foreign intelligence.

6 thoughts on “Six agencies, federal cops, investigate Russia paying for pro-Trump hackers

  1. Invisible hand says:

    “Unilever, which makes everything from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to Dove soap, has warned Facebook and Google that it could pull its digital ads if the social media networks do not do a better job of monitoring objectionable content and divisive fabricated news stories.
    The company’s chief marketing officer Keith Weed is expected to describe online networks as “a swamp” mired with fabricated news, racist, sexist and extremist content, in a speech today at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s annual leadership meeting in Palm Desert, Calif.”

  2. Gander sauce says:

    “Thousands of sensitive emails stolen in intrusion of Republican campaign arm : Email accounts of four senior NRCC aides monitored for months.” “Despite the NRCC hack being discovered in April, senior House Republicans—including House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise—were only informed of it on Monday. That’s when Politico contacted the NRCC with questions about the intrusions, Tuesday’s report said. Rank-and-file House Republicans were also unaware of it. So far, little is publicly known about the people behind the intrusions, including whether they are working on behalf of a government.”

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