Trump Ally Roger Stone Under Investigation For Possible Russia Ties

The “inter-agency working group” includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and members from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, McClatchy reported. “I was never in contact with anyone, or directed anyone to be in contact with anyone”, Manafort wrote in the e-mailed statement to the Times.
Mr Manafort denounced the allegations as a “Democrat party dirty trick” and said they were “completely false”. “As far as I am concerned, this is unadulterated bullshit”, he told Lizza. I’ve never worked for the Russians.”The deep state”, he said, referring to members of the military and intelligence agencies, “needs to cut the shit”.The report comes just hours ahead of Trump’s swearing-in as the 45 president of the US.

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Manafort was forced out of the campaign in August in the wake of slipping poll numbers for Trump and news reports about his financial dealings with pro-Moscow leaders in Ukraine in which he is alleged to have received millions of dollars in secret cash payments. Roughly one month before the election, Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who was the victim of a hack last summer that USA intelligence agencies concluded was directed by the Russian government, accused Stone of colluding with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and having “advance knowledge” of the damaging e-mail leaks.A report from The New York Times published Thursday night said the counterintelligence inquiry focused on at least three advisers associated with Trump – former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, close Trump confidante Roger Stone, and former Trump adviser, Carter Page. Page said he did “nothing wrong” and his opponents were “pulling a page out of the Watergate playbook”.Officials say the working group began operating last spring, and that investigators are still trying to figure out how the Russian government would’ve moved all the money necessary to “covertly help Trump win”, theorizing that they were using a system for Russian pensioners living in the US. Citing U.S. officials briefed on the matter, the Washington Post said intelligence agencies had identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, to WikiLeaks.