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The FBI and 5 Other Agencies Are Investigating Russia’s Efforts to Help Donald Trump Gain Power

Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:45:48 am

McClatchy reports today that there's an active investigation under way into Russian attempts to skew the presidential election toward Donald Trump.

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 President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.

Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said.

Note that the allegation of funneling money through Russian-American pensioners was part of the Trump "golden showers" dossier -- so the FBI and other agencies obviously put enough credence in that dossier to investigate it.