The wisdom of Deep Throat of Watergate is still with us, follow the money!
Holy cow. The FBI is scrutinizing more than 60 money transfers sent by the Russian foreign ministry to its embassies across the globe, most of them bearing a note that said the money was to be used Ã¢ÂÂto finance election campaign of 2016.Ã¢ÂÂ https://t.co/ZsqIZnbRNi
Ã¢ÂÂ Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) November 14, 2017
On Aug. 3 of last year, just as the US presidential election was entering its final, heated phase, the Russian foreign ministry sent nearly $30,000 to its embassy in Washington. The wire transfer, which came from a Kremlin-backed Russian bank, landed in one of the embassy’s Citibank accounts and contained a remarkable memo line: “to finance election campaign of 2016.”
That wire transfer is one of more than 60 now being scrutinized by the FBI and other federal agencies investigating Russian involvement in the US election.
Specifically, the Senate Intelligence Committee committee asked FinCEN for “any actions” the agency took to support law enforcement or intelligence inquiries about these individuals and businesses, any documents it sent to the FBI, and any requests for information it sent to banks. A separate letter sent to the Treasury Department by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations sought information on the sanctioned bank.
These requests led to the discovery of the wire transfers. Two congressional sources said the Senate Intelligence Committee is aware of the transactions. Spokespeople for the committees would not comment.
I’m beginning to choke on all the smoke from the smoking guns.
One FBI special agent said the transfers are critical for the bureau and lawmakers investigating Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election. He said even if there is a logical explanation for the suspicious wire transactions the FBI has to investigate what the money was used for.
“We had an election and the intelligence community concluded Russia interfered in it,” said the FBI agent. “How could we not investigate a suspicious financial transaction that contained a memo that said, ‘finance election campaign 2016?’ Given the climate and what was in that memo line it would be very irresponsible for us not to investigate. It’s a good lead.”
This investigation is like a spider web, with Putin in the middle. Keep in mind that Mueller has a crack team that investigates money laundering so I assume he’s either already all over this or soon will be.
At the same time, Jeff Sessions when asked if he talked about the Papadopoulos meeting with anyone in congress, he completely dodged the question. How can Mueller ignore this if he doesn’t already know about it. It’s only a matter of time before Mueller appears in congress, not to give a report, but to interview potential witnesses in a criminal/intelligence investigation.