FBI Is Investigating Russian Interference In 2016 Presidential Election

 In Corruption and Fraud, Russia   Last Updated: January 6, 2018

FBI Director James Comey on Monday [March 20 2017] confirmed for the first time that the bureau is investigating possible ties between Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia as Moscow sought to influence the 2016 U.S. election.”

Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race.

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos leaked information to an Australian diplomat at a bar in London in May of 2016 that suggested he and others were in contact with Russia regarding interference in the 2016 Presidential election.  The diplomat alerted his counterparts from the United States, and the FBI launched an initial investigation in July of 2016.

The White House has confirmed 4 meetings with Russian officials.

 

 

 

Zengerle, Patricia, and Warren Strobel. “FBI Head Confirms Russia Election Probe, Says Moscow Backed Trump.” Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 21 Mar. 2017. Web. 25 Mar. 2017.
Landay, Ned Parker Jonathan, and Warren Strobel. “Exclusive: Trump Campaign Had at Least 18 Undisclosed Contacts with Russians: Sources.” Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 18 May 2017. Web. 23 May 2017.

 

 

SHARON LaFRANIERE, MARK MAZZETTI and MATT APUZZO. "How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt." New York Times, 30 December 2017. Web. 06 January 2018.
Del Quentin Wilber and David S. Cloud. "Comey says FBI began investigation into Russia meddling in July." Los Angeles Times, 20 March 2017. Webn. 06 January 2018.
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