There has been an ongoing investigation for a little over a month according to U.S. officials via the FBI counterintelligence team into the claim that Russia attempted to manipulate the U.S. election. The result of this investigation? Nothing.
The final conclusion by the FBI agents who investigated this claim is that there was no server activity tied to Russia and the Present- elect’s business and that there were no encrypted communications, no financial transactions and no disreputable contacts. An agent commented that he was really frustrated that the media was misrepresenting the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s activities and it has been affecting their ability to get the truth and launch their counterintelligence probe. He also said that this situation seems to have been wrongly created by people with a political agenda.
They also were looking into the calls to the ambassador which took place last December and there was no evidence of any wrongdoing. These phone calls were only holiday wishes and condolences for Russian tragedies that occurred at the time.
From Daily Caller:
Those in the intelligence community who spoke to the outlet appeared to be frustrated over the representation in the media of their investigation of Russia’s activities.
“We have people spouting off who don’t know the difference between FISA surveillance and a wiretap or a counterintelligence probe versus a special prosecutor criminal case, and it has hurts our ability to get to the truth and has wrongly created the impression that intelligence officials have a political agenda,” said one source directly familiar with the situation.
According to the report, a number of sources claimed the FBI wanted to investigate Russia’s influence peddling in the 2016 election as a result of past investigations into the nation’s spying in the U.S.
More importantly, Circa’s report stresses that Americans routinely are incidentally intercepted when the FBI monitors foreign individuals like Russian embassy officials. Then-soon-to be National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn was an American who was incidentally intercepted during his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
A warrant was not necessary to review his conversations because it was a national security matter and Flynn had a security clearance, sources told Circa.
The calls and text messages from last December to the ambassador were essentially holiday wishes and condolences for tragedies that had happened in Russia at the time. Another conversation, via text message about talking on the phone, was about sanctions imposed on Russia by the Obama administration in late December.