National Security

Report: 6 Agencies Following Money Trail from Russia to Trump

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

McClatchy reported last night that the FBI and five other agencies have been following a money trail that leads from the Russia government to the Trump campaign for nearly a year.

The group of agencies, which includes the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, reportedly believe the Russians may have used a routine payment system to funnel money to pro-Trump forces.

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.

This investigation reportedly began in April of 2016 which raises several questions.

It obviously makes FBI director James Comey look even worse than he already did. Comey blew up the front pages of every news outlet in the country just a week before the election to announce that they found some emails on Anthony Weiner's sexting laptop, but several separate investigations into Trump's ties to Russia were kept secret.

Comey's behavior cannot be obscured behind the unverified claims contained in the Golden Showers dossier because the FBI's investigation of the money trail began months before the agency was made aware that Trump likes to get pissed on.

This also raises questions about a New York Times report that was published just days before the election that said the FBI has seen "no clear link" between Russia and Trump. That was clearly bullshit. The FBI was actively investigating several cases involving ties between the Russians and the Trump campaign when the Times published that story.

Whoever fed that information to the New York Times was clearly lying. The Times will never burn their source, but they should. Sources that lie deserve to be burned.

  • Christopher Foxx

    McClatchy reported last night that the FBI and five other agencies have been following a money trail that leads from the Russia government to the Trump campaign for nearly a year.

    And Comey didn’t feel the need to reveal the existence of this investigation to the American public prior to the election? Huh. Funny how that works.

    • stacib23

      Didn’t you see him a couple weeks ago speaking before the sham Congress saying he would NEVER discuss an investigation publicly? Fuckers.

      • I was watching that on TV and blurted out “you motherfucker” and my husband looked at me like I’d lost my mind. Once I explained to him why, he seconded the response. Most Americans, however, will never even notice.

  • muselet

    Well, we now know six agencies which will get their funding cut in the first Trump-era budget.

    The New York Times needs to burn its source. Its editors will insist the paper would never do such a thing, but it burned multiple sources when it was chasing the phantasm that was Whitewater. Getting precious about journalistic norms when faced with deliberate mendacity helps no one.

    And James Comey badly needs to be fired.

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      I’m not sure it matters if Comey is fired, given who would be replacing him.

      • muselet

        I’d argue it does matter. As Director, Comey has coasted along on a (wholly undeserved, as it turns out) reputation for competence. If he stays on and lets himself get manipulated by the goons in the New York office—or goes rogue all on his lone-wolf lonesome—while Donald Trump’s in office, that (wholly undeserved) reputation would keep Serious People from putting two and two together.

        If Trump names someone spectacularly unqualified—like, I don’t know, Jonah Goldberg—as Director of the FBI, that assumption of competence would be lost and even The Villagers might realize the R after Trump’s name doesn’t mean he’s one of them (or, more likely, they’d ignore it the way they ignore every bad thing done or caused by an R president).

        Besides, keeping Comey in place rewards him for ratfucking the election. For me, that’s reason enough.

        –alopecia

        • Aynwrong

          You make a fair point. Hopefully we’ll get to the point where people realize just how bad it is if these fools are more and more left to their own devices.

          The next time a Democrat makes it into to the White House I hope that all the lessons of this era have been learned. How cooperation with people who despise you is pointless and self destructive. No Democrat should ever appoint a Republican to a law enforcement position (or any other) ever again. They are simply not to be trusted. Comey’s betrayal of his duties should be a searing and defining experience for all Democrats for generations to come.

          Your Jonah Goldberg comment got a good healthy guffaw out of me. Always welcome. Much appreciation.

    • Scopedog

      Of course, never forget that the media was more interested in emails! than in finding out what was beneath the surface of Trump’s campaign.

      Trump can try to cut the budgets of the CIA and the other intelligence agencies, but he’s going to have to go up against his own party, the GOP.

      And the media should hang their heads in shame. What they did during this electoral season was horrific, pursuing and harassing a dedicated public servant who was transparent, who was open, while letting a misogynist, thin-skinned dumbass off the hook because…well, emails.

      • muselet

        Our glorious news media failed the public badly this election season, and as a more-or-less direct result we have a “misogynist, thin-skinned dumbass” (couldn’t have said it better) as president-elect. Mostly, in my opinion, because the New York Times has a 25-year hard-on for anyone named Clinton.

        The intelligence agencies don’t always produce the results Rs want, so I can see budget cuts along with some *ahem* strategic restructuring being proposed by congressional Rs, if only as a shot across the bows. Party before country, you know.

        –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Trump and his minions keep screaming that the Intel agencies can’t be trusted because of the WMD debacle from over a decade ago. That’s obviously a cynical and completely self serving argument. I doubt even most Trump supporters are foolish enough to buy it. The CIA was all but ordered to manipulate evidence to provide justification for the invasion. Ahmed Chalabi was regarded as an untrustworthy charlatan by professionals within the agency and was only given weight by ideologues in the administration like Cheney & Wolfowitz. The source known as “Curve ball” came off like something out of the Peter Falk spy comedy “The In Laws.” Oh, and of course the Trump suckers would point out that much of the media ate all this up.

    So i’m just gonna bring this up as a reminder, though around here it’s probably not necessary. McClatchy was the news agency that got it right. They were the ones to report that people inside the CIA did not buy the idea that Saddam had WMD or was secretly handing them off to Al Qedea or other state actors. They were the ones to report the analysts were very skeptical towards the nonsense coming out of the Bush White House. They did their jobs, cast a skeptical eye on what the government was telling them and got it right.

    Fuck cynicism. I’m listening to the professionals.

    • Scopedog

      It’s funny how Trump’s gang and the far Left used that talking point about the WMD debacle–because you are right; the CIA was ordered to manipulate the information, because what they had clearly stated that Saddam was not a threat.

      Also, Trump decided to f**k with the CIA and other IC agencies by constantly rattling off about how he trusted Russia and Putin.

      This is not going to end well.

      • Aynwrong

        At this point, all of this ending as badly as the Bush Administration ended seems…..hopeful.

        • Scopedog

          I’m thinking of Nixon times ten…but I also keep wondering about a military coup.

  • Badgerite

    Let me guess. The source was in the FBI New York office. The ones who wanted an investigation into a squeaky clean Clinton Foundation based on some trashy, made up shit in some GOP drudge factory. Surprise. Surprise.
    The New York Times and the AP both fell for the bullshit coming out of that office.
    Really, it is like the Hatch Act didn’t exist to these people. Like the law doesn’t exist for them.