Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutinizing Russian embassy payments 'to finance election campaign of 2016'

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There's a new twist in the investigation over Russia's role in the 2016 US presidential election, with BuzzFeed reporting on the FBI's scrutiny of Russian wire transfers tagged "2016 election". According to Buzzfeed News, the FBI is investigating a $30,000 wire transfer from the Russian foreign ministry to the Russian embassy in Washington with a mighty curious memo line: "to finance election campaign of 2016".

Of note: at least one of the transfers into the U.S. came from VTB Bank, "a financial institution that is majority-owned by the Kremlin" that was placed under sanction by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2014 after Russia's annexation of Crimea. 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.

President Putin's government meddled in the 2016 USA election, according to a consensus report from the US intelligence community.

"How could we not investigate a suspicious financial transaction that contained a memo that said, 'finance election campaign 2016?' Given the climate and what was in that memo line it would be very irresponsible for us not to investigate".

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

"We had an election and the intelligence community concluded Russian Federation interfered in it", an anonymous Federal Bureau of Investigation agent told Buzzfeed.

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The website said that the money, which moved through Citibank accounts, arrived between August 3 and September 20 past year at Russian embassies in almost 60 countries, including Washington, DC, Afghanistan and Nigeria. "It's a good lead".

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