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A few weeks of Trump-Russia revelations: How big a deal is it?

August 23, 2021 Comments Off on A few weeks of Trump-Russia revelations: How big a deal is it? By admin

The New York Times reports that “The FBI, CIA and the Justice Department have long been investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

In January, “a senior administration official said that the FBI had begun reviewing the Trump team’s contacts with Russian officials.”

Trump has not denied the allegations.

In January 2018, the Justice and FBI departments were investigating the Trump presidential campaign for alleged collusion with the Russian government.

The Justice Department’s probe led to the indictment of a Trump campaign official, James Quarles, and a plea deal for him in March 2018.

In September 2018, an indictment was unsealed against a Trump associate, Michael Cohen, for allegedly attempting to broker a plea bargain.

According to the Times, Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia.

On July 22, the Times reports “the FBI and the National Security Agency [NSA] are investigating whether there was any coordination between the Russians and the Trump associates during the 2016 presidential election.”

In March 2019, the House Intelligence Committee said that “a grand jury has been investigating the extent of coordination between Russia and the White House in the 2016 campaign, which was widely perceived to have been predicated on Russia’s efforts to help Mr. Trump.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee also announced in September 2018 that it was investigating Russian interference in the election, and that the investigation “has been open and active since last year.”

In November 2018, FBI Director Christopher Wray said “we have been looking at all aspects of Russia’s involvement in our elections” and that he had “received assurances that we will continue to do that.”

On January 11, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that the House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings in October to determine “whether there was collusion between the Russian election interference effort and the 2016 White House campaign.”

In October 2018, President Trump issued a memo that stated that the “United States is not currently pursuing a counterintelligence investigation of Russian election meddling, but that is a matter for the Department of Justice.”

The White House has not yet responded to this claim.

On March 7, the US Justice Department announced that “an investigation of the alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election is ongoing, and we have no further comment at this time.”

The DOJ said that it is “reviewing the evidence and is in the process of reviewing all the information and supporting materials” regarding Russia’s alleged involvement in the presidential election.

In November 2017, the Department filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of California against five Russian individuals, including two former members of the Russian military intelligence service.

The case, which is still pending, seeks unspecified damages for the US government.