Posted by: maboulette | April 3, 2017

FBI Tracking Trump Campaign and Russia for Targeting Hillary Clinton during the Primary

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The long FBI investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia for conspiring against Hillary Clinton during the election, and has been acknowledged publicly by FBI Director Comey, turns out to go further back than had been formerly believed. CBS News has learned the FBI is following the Trump campaign and Russia for targeting Hillary as early as the primary season, long before she became the nominee.


Declassified documents now disclose that the FBI is going all the way back to March of 2016 to study the role which Trump campaign advisers played in the earliest known Russian efforts at hacking Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t until a couple months later, when Russia began targeting the Democratic National Committee instead, that the effort bore fruit. But the March timeframe aligns with another key Trump-Russia event.


As we’ve previously reported in the media on Trump-Russia, it was in March 2016 when Jeff Sessions first introduced Carter Page to Donald Trump. Page had formerly spent years working in Moscow, and it’s still not clear why he was brought into the campaign. Page then went on to meet with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Republican Convention in the summer of 2016, and then he gave a pro-Russia speech in Moscow in the fall, before departure from the campaign due to controversy over his Russia connections. Sessions also went on to meet with the Russian Ambassador and then lie about it under oath.


It’s not yet clear if this new revelation from CBS News that Trump and Russia were targeting Hillary during the primary is connected to the arrival of Carter Page on Trump’s campaign staff. But it does stand out that the FBI now believes the conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign began just as the Russia-tainted Page was joining the campaign staff.


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