In April last year, the CIA received information that the Donald Trump for President campaign may have received money from the government of Russia. The BBC reports that an unnamed nation on the Baltic Sea gave the CIA “a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign”.
Three months later, Donald Trump indicated that he might allow Russia to seize Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania without interference. It’s not clear if the two incidents are related.
Here’s what we know:
– In response to the information given to the CIA, a joint task force was assembled, including the CIA, FBI, Director of National Intelligence, and National Security Agency, to investigate whether Donald Trump was taking payments from Vladimir Putin.
– Three close associates of Donald Trump were named in a search warrant in October 15, 2016, so that electronic money transfers from two Russian banks could be intercepted.
– Eight members of Congress were informed of the suspicion that Donald Trump was taking money from the Russian government, but were not allowed to take notes at their briefing.
– Senate minority leader Harry Reid wrote to FBI Director James Comey, who released information falsely suggesting that Hillary Clinton had committed a crime in relationship to her email shortly before Election Day, saying to Comey, “The public has a right to know this information. I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public. There is no danger to American interests from releasing it. And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.”
The joint investigation of the Trump campaign continued to at least Election Day. It is not known whether the investigation remains active.