Yesterday, James Comey met with key Senate lawmakers to discuss matters relating to the wiretapping of Trump Tower, a congressional source familiar with the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in 2016 revealed.
The FBI Director met with Sens. Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Richard Burr and Mark Warner. He also met with Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, along with Reps. Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes in a subsequent meeting.
Although an earlier reporting in the New York Times had cited FBI sources saying that the agency did not believe that a private server in the Trump Tower, which connected to a Russian Bank had any nefarious purpose, sources of the FBI’s Counter-Intelligence arm say they re-drew an earlier FISA court request around potential financial and banking offenses related to the server.
The Hot Air reports:
The first request, which, sources say, named Trump, was denied back in June, but the second was drawn more narrowly and was granted in October after evidence was presented of a server, possibly related to the Trump campaign, and its alleged links to two banks; SVB Bank and Russia’s Alfa Bank. While the Times story speaks of metadata, sources suggest that a FISA warrant was granted to look at the full content of emails and other related documents that may concern US persons.
Here’s a surprising update published by CNN just within the last few hours this evening. The FBI’s counterintelligence unit is still investigating the server, their sources claim — but the server was never the subject of a FISA order. And … it’s not located in Trump Tower. It’s apparently located in Pennsylvania
CNN is told there was no Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant on the server.
This issue intrigued a dozen computer researchers at a recent business conference in Washington, D.C. that pulled together the world’s top network operators, the ones who help run the internet. To them, it’s a strange coincidence that merits further scrutiny…
What puzzled [experts] was why a Russian bank was repeatedly looking up the contact information for mail1.trump-email.com.
Publicly available internet records show that address, which was registered to the Trump Organization, points to an IP address that lives on an otherwise dull machine operated by a company in the tiny rural town of Lititz, Pennsylvania.