One year into the FBI's Russia investigation, Mueller is on the Trump money trail
Federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized on Trump and his associates' financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward, according to people familiar with the investigation.
There’s a hidden gem buried in this general analysis:
“Investigators became more suspicious when they turned up intercepted communications that US intelligence agencies collected among suspected Russian operatives discussing their efforts to work with Manafort, who served as campaign chairman for three months, to coordinate information that could damage Hillary Clinton’s election prospects, the US officials say. The suspected operatives relayed what they claimed were conversations with Manafort, encouraging help from the Russians.”
That’s right. The FBI apparently has actual recordings of Russian agents confirming that Trump’s campaign advisor, Paul Manafort, actively sought Russia’s help against Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Paul Manafort, who insists that it “is becoming increasingly apparent that there was no
collusion between the campaign and the Russian government.”
- Paul Manafort, who was in that now-infamous meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Russian government lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and others.
- Paul Manafort, who subsequently left the Trump campaign after he was linked to pro-Russian groups seeking to undermine U.S. policy in Ukraine.
But that’s not collusion, of course. Just more fake news.