According to BR on Friday, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. On it’s own, that would be disturbing enough, but, according to McClatchy, six intelligence organizations have, for six months, been investigating Trump’s ties to Russia. Two sources close to the investigation, say they are also looking into whether or not Trump’s campaign received any money from Russia.
The agencies invovled in the investigation are the FBI, CIA, NSA, the Department of Justice, and Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Representatives of the director of national intelligence are also involved in the investigation.
The investigators are reportedly looking whether or not money from the Kremlin was used to help Trump. One theory suggests that a system meant to pay Russian-American pensioners may have been used to hire hackers to break into the DNC’s servers. The sources also say the money have gone to the hackers through intermediaries.
A few weeks ago, BuzzFeed made headlines when it released an unverified dossier that claimed to prove Trump’s ties to Russia. The dossier was allegedly assembled by an ex-MI6 operative who had been hired by Trump’s political opponents. He then turned the dossier over to the FBI, but nothing was ever done regarding it. According to these two anonymous sources, this investigation predates that dossier by several months and began in Spring of last year.
On January 6th, the intelligence community released an unclassified report on their investigation into Russia’s involvement in the election. The report claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered the hacking as part of a campaign to “undermine faith in the U.S. democratic process” and weaken Hillary Clinton’s chances against Trump.
For his part, Trump has admitted that Russia likely hacked the DNC, but says the claims that he is compromised are simply false. In a tweet, he stated that he has no business dealings with Russia and that Russia has no leverage over him.
‘Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING’
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Despite what Trump says, there is evidence that he has done business in Russia. The full extent of his dealings with Russia remains unknown, since Trump has refused to release his tax returns.