Lisa the coercive telepath & witch, not bothering to read the article;
FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump
Peter Stone, Greg Gordon, McClatchy, Jan 18 2017
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 Donald Trump. The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the Justice Dept, the Treasury Dept and the DNI. 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-Pindosi pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in Pindostan or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers. The informal inter-agency working group began to explore possible Russian interference last spring, sources said. On Jan 6, the DNI released a declassified report that concluded that Putin had ordered an influence campaign to “undermine faith in the Pindosi democratic process,” damage Hillary Clinton’s election prospects and bolster Trump’s. The campaign included the hacking of top Democrats’ emails and fake news distributed by Russian sources. The president-elect has said he believes Russia was involved with the hacking, but he has called allegations that he or his associates were involved a “political witch hunt” and a “complete and total fabrication.” Trump has yet to say whether FBI Director James Comey will be retained. The rest of Trump’s newly-appointed intelligence and law enforcement chiefs will inherit the investigation, whose outcome could create national and international fallout. Trump’s presidential transition team did not respond to a request for comment about the inquiry. Trump tweeted:
A key mission of the six-agency group has been to examine who financed the email hacks of the DNC + Podesta. WikiLeaks released the emails last summer and in October. The working group is scrutinizing the activities of a few Pindosis 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. Intelligence agencies not only have been unanimous in blaming Russia for the hacking of DNC + Podesta, but also have concluded that the leaking and dissemination of thousands of emails of top Democrats, some of which caused headaches for the Clinton campaign, were done to help Trump win. Trump and GOP Congress critturs have said they believe Russia meddled in the election but that those actions didn’t change the outcome. However, Dianne Feinstein, a former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that she believes that Russia’s tactics did alter the election result. The Senate Intelligence Committee has opened its own investigation into Russia’s involvement in the campaign. That panel will have subpoena power. FBI Director Comey refusedat 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 last weekthat 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 Pindosi election. Another source of information was ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele, who was hired to gather opposition research about Trump for a Republican client and later a Democrat. Early last summer, Steele’s reports alleged that Russian consulates in New York, Washington and Miami were used to deliver “tens of thousands of dollars” to Kremlin-hired operatives using fictitious names as if they were legitimate Russian-Pindosi pensioners. That “ruse” was designed to give Russia “plausible deniability,” Steele’s reports suggested. However, Russia does not operate a consulate in Miami.
Steele fed the bureau information in July and September suggesting collusion between Trump associates and Moscow in the hacking of DNC computers. Eventually, he met in Italy with an FBI official to share more information alleging that a top Trump campaign official had known about the hacking as early as last June. About a month after the election, Walnuts McCain gave Comey a copy of a 35-page compilation of Steele’s reports. BuzzFeed posted the 35 pages of allegations online, acknowledging the report had obvious errors and had not been corroborated. Several news organizations had the document earlier but had resisted publishing any of the allegations because of the lack of verification. Trump and Putin have branded Steele’s dossier as “fake news.” On Jan 11, at his only news conference as president-elect, Trump dismissed it as “nonsense” and “crap.” On Tuesday, Putin accused Obama administration officials of trying to undermine Trump’s “legitimacy,” suggesting that the White House had released Steele’s dossier. The Russian leader said those who had prepared the dossier were “worse than prostitutes.” The BBC reported that the FBI had obtained a warrant on Oct 15 from the FISA Court allowing investigators access to bank records and other documents about potential payments and money transfers related to Russia. One episode that Steele’s reports described from multiple (purported) sources referred to a late-summer meeting in Prague between Russian government representatives and Michael Cohen, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, the president-elect’s vast business operation.
But the FBI has been unable to establish that Cohen was in Prague during that period, the two sources familiar with the working group said. Cohen has denied ever traveling to the Czech Republic, although he told the WSJ that he did so in 2001.
For months, Trump has voiced positive sentiments toward Putin. In early January, he tweeted: