Report: FBI investigates Russian wire transfers labeled 'To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016'

BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday that the FBI is investigating over 60 money transfers sent by the Russian foreign ministry to Russian embassies throughout the world. 

Many reportedly carried the memo line, “to finance election campaign of 2016.” 

According to the media outlet, one made on August 3, 2016, was in the amount of $30,000 and sent to the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C. 

That transaction was discovered by Citibank, which, upon further investigation, found and flagged dozens more with the “campaign” memo, notes BuzzFeed News.

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In all, roughly $380,000 had reportedly moved around the globe, landing in a wide variety places including Nigeria and Afghanistan.

The FBI is said to have become aware of the transfers a couple months ago and sources from inside the bureau told BuzzFeed News that the matter is now under investigation. 

The outlet does note that major 2016 elections were held in a number of countries, including Russia. 

Wire transfers are one of the many aspects being looked at by investigators related to Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Wall Street Journal report on Sunday noted, “A Treasury Department unit that specializes in combating money-laundering will share financial records with an expanding Senate probe into possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his associates, according to people familiar with the matter.”

Meanwhile, Trump continues to insist that Hillary Clinton is the one who should be investigated.

“Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems,” the president wrote in a series of tweets on November 3. “New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus…People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”

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