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FBI, Spy Agencies Investigating Links Between Russia And Trump Advisers

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies have launched multiple investigation into President Trump’s relationship with Russia during and after the 2016 election, four national security officials told Bloomberg

The focus is on Trump’s advisers and associates who are suspected of talking with Russian officials.

Federal authorities also are investigating Russia’s efforts to disrupt the presidential election.

Bloomberg wrote:

Trump associates whose activities the agencies are examining include his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, energy consultant Carter Page, longtime Republican operative Roger Stone and Flynn, two of the officials said. Manafort, in a statement to Bloomberg, said he “never had any connection to Putin or the Russian government — either directly or indirectly — before during or after the campaign.”

The FBI has two parallel ongoing investigations, one official said. A counterintelligence investigation is looking at Russian espionage activities and to what extent, if any, they involve communications with or collusion by U.S. officials. The second, a cybersecurity investigation, is probing the hacking of U.S. political groups and operatives.

FBI Involved in About 800 Violations in National Security Investigations


By Ken Dilanian
Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — The FBI disclosed to a presidential board that it was involved in nearly 800 violations of laws, regulations or policies governing national security investigations from 2001 to 2008, but the government won’t provide details or say whether anyone was disciplined, according to a report by a privacy watchdog group.

The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation sued under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain about 2,500 documents that the FBI submitted to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board.

The board was created in 1976 to monitor U.S. intelligence gathering. Intelligence agencies are required to submit reports to the board about suspected violations of civil-rights-related laws or presidential orders.

The nonprofit foundation said it obtained documents from a variety of intelligence agencies, but most of the records were so heavily censored that they couldn’t be properly evaluated.

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