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Thursday, November 16, 2017

On Aug. 3 of last year, just as the US presidential election was entering its final, heated phase, the Russian foreign ministry sent nearly $30,000 to its embassy in Washington. The wire transfer, which came from a Kremlin-backed Russian bank, landed in one of the embassy's Citibank accounts and contained a remarkable memo line: "to finance election campaign of 2016." That wire transfer is one of more than 60 now being scrutinized by the FBI and other federal agencies investigating Russian involvement in the US election. The transactions, which moved through Citibank accounts and totaled more than $380,000, each came from the Russian foreign ministry and most contained a memo line referencing the financing of the 2016 election. The money wound up at Russian embassies in almost 60 countries from Afghanistan to Nigeria between Aug. 3 and Sept. 20, 2016. It is not clear how the funds were used.

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At least one transaction that came into the US originated with VTB Bank, a financial institution that is majority-owned by the Kremlin.

The US Treasury Department placed VTB Bank under sanctions in 2014, following Russia's annexation of Crimea. The sanctions prohibit VTB Bank from raising capital or accepting loans from American individuals or companies. A wire transfer to the embassy's US bank account is permitted, however, and Citibank has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

After discovering the $30,000 transfer to the embassy in Washington, Citibank launched a review of other transfers by the Russian foreign ministry. It unearthed dozens of other transactions with similar memo lines.

Compliance officers in Citibank's Global Intelligence Unit flagged them as suspicious, noting that it was unable to determine the financial, business, or legal purpose of the transactions.

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"The FBI was first made aware of the suspicious transactions two months ago. Two FBI sources said that FBI legal attaches in other countries are now investigating whether the money may have been used for the US presidential election and, if so, how.

This past January, the United States' Office of Director of National Intelligence, in a "high-confidence" assessment, concluded that Vladimir Putin personally signed off on an influence campaign to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

Now, the FBI, a special counsel, and three congressional committees are conducting investigations. The committees have formally requested a wide range of banking and financial records on numerous individuals and businesses with ties to Russia from the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN for short.

Following the congressional requests, Citibank turned over a range of financial documents. The material includes more than 650 suspicious transactions between November 2013 and March 2017 totaling about $2.9 million. That money was sent to four Russian accounts operating in the US: the embassy; the Office of Defense, Military, Air and Naval Attaches; and Russian cultural centers in Washington and New York City.

Most of these wire transfers were not related to the election, sources say, but are the subject of FBI scrutiny for their possible ties to Russian corruption and money laundering.

The FBI and congressional investigators are now inspecting each of those transactions."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-14 03:58 PM | Reply

Mmm-mmmm. That is a tasty nothingburger.

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-14 04:30 PM | Reply

So the Russians transfer $380,000 to embassies run by Obama appointees to "finance election campaign of 2016"?

Mmm-mmmm. That is a tasty nothingburger.

#2 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES AT 2017-11-14 04:30 PM

For the sake of your hyper-partisanship you better hope it is a nothingburger, since how likely would it be for those Ambassadors to transfer that money to anyone, especially Trump and the RNC?

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-14 04:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"So the Russians transfer $380,000 to embassies run by Obama appointees to "finance election campaign of 2016"?

You seem very confused.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-14 07:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4

Guilty as charged, I read it too quickly, my apologies to Indy.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-14 07:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

$380k? That won't even buy you a school board council seat. Typical Russian cheapskates.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-15 12:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

$380k? That won't even buy you a school board council seat. Typical Russian cheapskates.

#6 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

That's a nice contribution and only the money we have traced thus far...

Also, sort of illegal.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-16 11:13 AM | Reply

Also, sort of illegal.

#7 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2017-11-16 11:13 AM | FLAG:

Most likely, but actual impact in a $6.8 billion election? Bet they change the attack vector with the money next time, probably more social media buys.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-16 11:18 AM | Reply

if the money is being used to pay for trolls... 380k is CRAP ton of money.

#9 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-16 11:20 AM | Reply

normal election money was spent on ads, rallys, tv spots, expensive things so there is the 6.8 billion

trolls are cheap.

its like comparing spending 10 million on a jet to spending 100k on burgers...

#10 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-16 11:26 AM | Reply

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The Dems should take note, Clinton spent nearly 600 million vs Russia spending 30k and according to the left Russia won. That's embarrasing.

#11 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-11-16 11:27 AM | Reply

^ why would i start to think americans (especially conservatives) understand basic math.

#12 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-16 11:28 AM | Reply

The Dems should take note, Clinton spent nearly 600 million vs Russia spending 30k and according to the left Russia won. That's embarrasing.

#11 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Or maybe Republicans are just so stupid they are willing to believe what the Russians tell them.

So how long have you been a traitor to your country?

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-16 11:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#13 You mean like them telling us they are taking 20% of our uranium to make power plants?

#14 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-11-16 11:43 AM | Reply

The Dems should take note, Clinton spent nearly 600 million vs Russia spending 30k and according to the left Russia won. That's embarrasing.

#11 | Posted by fishpaw

Not nearly as embarrassing as the idiots who elected a billionaire con man to take america back from the billionaire con men. Can you say "ADuuuuhhhr!"

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-16 11:44 AM | Reply

You want to talk about con, talk to the people that donated to the Clinton Foundation.

#16 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-11-16 11:55 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

14

Hilarious. That uranium never leaves the country.... and Clinton had nada to do with it.

Ask Shep, lol.

#17 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-16 12:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

You mean like them telling us they are taking 20% of our uranium to make power plants?
#14 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

They already have the largest nuclear stockpile in the world. Following your logic, if Putin had a gun pointed at your face would you still be more concerned about the gunpowder HRC is alleged to have sold him? Talk about lacking priorities.

#18 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-16 12:24 PM | Reply

$380,000/60 = $6333.33 That's enough to buy one plane ticket to each country anywhere in the world.

#19 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-16 12:28 PM | Reply

Lol. So now everything Russia has to spend money on outside of its borders is now because they interfered with the 2016 elections. 20 years from now Russia will send money to an embassy in Zimbabwe and conspiracy theorists will say it is proof that they meddled in the 2016 elections.

#20 | Posted by humtake at 2017-11-16 12:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You want to talk about con, talk to the people that donated to the Clinton Foundation.

#16 | Posted by fishpaw

Right. You can't excuse trump so you want to deflect away from him.

Using the an old soviet propaganda technique. How fitting.

Whataboutism
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Whataboutism Tactic Propaganda technique
Type Tu quoque (appeal to hypocrisy)
Logic Logical fallacy
Active period Cold War–present
Prominent usage

Soviet Union propaganda
Russian propaganda
Russian annexation of Crimea
Russian military intervention in Ukraine
Donald Trump

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Whataboutism (also known as whataboutery) is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument,[1][2][3] which is particularly associated with Soviet and Russian propaganda.[4][5][6] When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union, the Soviet response would be "What about..." followed by an event in the Western world.[7][8][9]

#21 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-16 01:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Lol. So now everything Russia has to spend money on outside of its borders is now because they interfered with the 2016 elections. 20 years from now Russia will send money to an embassy in Zimbabwe and conspiracy theorists will say it is proof that they meddled in the 2016 elections.

#20 | Posted by humtake

How do you explain the fact that trump is refusing to enact the sanctions that both parties in the senate passed against russia?

How do you explain trump picking putin's favorite oil CEO to run our foreign policy, and he is now dismantling the state department, which is the department which worked to keep russia in check?

How do you explain the fact that so many of trump's circle "forgot" about their communications with russians?

It's not a conspriacy theory to say russia meddled in our elections. It's the conclusion of our intelligence agencies.

DO you believe our intelligence agencies, or do you beleive a KBG agent who promises he didn't meddle?

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-16 01:40 PM | Reply

"#13 You mean like them telling us they are taking 20% of our uranium to make power plants?

#14 | POSTED BY FISHPAW"

fake news.

#23 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-16 02:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#22 If a 10th of what you claim is true Speak then Trump would have been out of office by now, think about that when you continue to spew BS.

#24 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-11-16 03:06 PM | Reply

#22 If a 10th of what you claim is true Speak then Trump would have been out of office by now, think about that when you continue to spew BS.
#24 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

10 tenths of it are true. Another truth is that if morons like you would drop the blinders and think for once, he would be removed from office.

#25 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-16 03:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's not a conspriacy theory to say russia meddled in our elections. It's the conclusion of our intelligence agencies.
DO you believe our intelligence agencies, or do you beleive a KBG agent who promises he didn't meddle?
#22 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2017-11-16 01:40 PM | FLAG:

Sure, but the main question is whether Trump or Clinton paid Russia to interfere on their behalf, and for that there is and will not be any evidence.

#26 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-11-16 03:12 PM | Reply

Another truth is that if morons like you would drop the blinders and think for once, he would be removed from office.

#25 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES AT 2017-11-16 03:09 PM | FLAG:

Cool, didn't think it could be that simple but since a simple person told me so it must be.

#27 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-11-16 03:14 PM | Reply

#27 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

It really is that simple, if you pull your head out of your ass, you'll see that trump should be removed from office.

#28 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-16 03:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Another truth is that if morons like you would drop the blinders and think for once, he would be removed from office.
#25 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES AT 2017-11-16 03:09 PM | FLAG:
Cool, didn't think it could be that simple but since a simple person told me so it must be.
#27 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

It was that easy to impeach a president over oral in the oval. Why is this so hard? Oh wait, party over country. Got it, traitor.

#29 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-16 03:39 PM | Reply

#22 If a 10th of what you claim is true Speak then Trump would have been out of office by now, think about that when you continue to spew BS.

#24 | Posted by fishpaw

POint to one thing I posted that isn't true.

The reason trump is still in office is because your disgusting party would rather have a russian puppet in the white house than risk losing tax cuts for the rich.

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-16 03:48 PM | Reply

Republicans have now allied themselves with nazis, klansmen, russians, bankers, polluters... sure why not add child molesters to the list?

There is no way a person with an ounce of morality and intelligence can support the modern republican party.

#31 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-16 03:53 PM | Reply

DO you believe our intelligence agencies, or do you beleive a KBG agent who promises he didn't meddle?
#22 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

I don't believe any of them. You selectively believe some of them.

#32 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-16 10:02 PM | Reply

"I don't believe any of them."

They're saying things which can't both be true, or false.
Not believing any of them is just your way of keeping your head in the sand.

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-16 10:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Conservatives" don't believe there is any such thing as "objective truth". It would require them to deal with things that they don't believe in, but are actually true. They don't accept anything that could prove them wrong.

#34 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-11-17 09:53 AM | Reply

I don't believe any of them. You selectively believe some of them.

#32 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Then you're an idiot.

Either the russians helped trump win or they didn't. The CIA says they did, the KGB says they didn't.

If you don't believe either of them, that's like saying a coin toss will be neither heads nor tails.

Hillary rotted your brain.

#35 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-17 01:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No one can take anything coming from our intelligence agencies or Russia's at face value. The CIA feels it is their duty to lie, about Iraq WMD, about everything they do. Every time they are exposed for lying to Congress, they apologize and proceed to do it again. They murder, they torture, they run drugs and weapons around the globe. They promote hatred of Russia in order to feed the military industrial complex. They do so with complete immunity. There are sound reasons to believe when JFK threatened to make peace with Russia and Castro they killed him. There is no doubt Oswald worked for the CIA and was an informant for the FBI.

#36 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-18 06:22 AM | Reply

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