Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Russian wire transfers labeled 'to finance election campaign of 2016'

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

The payment, which landed in one of the Russian embassy's Citibank accounts last August, was one of more than 60 transfers (totaling more than $380,000) that the Russian foreign ministry made to its embassies around the world, including those in Nigeria and Afghanistan, most of which came with a memo line about financing the 2016 election.

The feds are scrutinizing wire transfers the Kremlin sent to Russian embassies around the world with a memo line that said "to finance election campaign of 2016", a new report said Tuesday. An overwhelming majority of the wire transfers included the eyebrow-raising memo line. With that said, a new revelation in the investigation has just shed light on what appears may be payments made by the Russian Foreign Ministry to its embassies across the globe, including the one in Washington D.C. here in the United States. Still, others pointed out that there were other elections taking place in 2016 - including in Duma, Russia - and that the line isn't necessarily in reference to the USA presidential election.

"We had an election and the intelligence community concluded Russian Federation interfered in it", said one Federal Bureau of Investigation agent on the condition of anonymity to Buzzfeed.

Off the bat, the transactions are suspicious, considering the fact that the US intelligence community concluded in January that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election in order to get President Trump elected.

Former intelligence officials have recently expressed worry that the president is being manipulated by Putin, with former CIA Director John Brennan and ex-National Intelligence Director James Clapper both saying Trump has mishandled Moscow's ties to the election. These payments had one odd commonality, they all had a memo which read, "To finance election campaign of 2016".

What is clear is that the money from the wire transfers made its way to Russian embassies in nearly 60 countries between August and September 2016, the months leading up to the US presidential election. "It's a good lead".

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