FBI Investigates Paul Manafort’s Ties To Russia

NBC News reports:

The FBI has been conducting a preliminary inquiry into Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s foreign business connections, law enforcement and intelligence sources told NBC News Monday.

The FBI did not comment. Manafort told NBC News “none of it is true … There’s no investigation going on by the FBI that I’m aware of.” He said he had never had ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin, or had dealings with Putin and his government. He said any suggestion of such ties was “Democratic propaganda.” “This is all political propaganda, meant to deflect,” he said.

NBC News reported in August that Manafort was a key player in multi-million-dollar business propositions with Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs — one of them a close Putin ally with alleged ties to organized crime — which foreign policy experts said raised questions about the pro-Russian bent of the Trump candidacy.

  • The FBI needs to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia, including that server at the Trump Organization connected exclusively to Alfa Bank in Russia.

    • More summary and details:
      https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/793234169576947712

      (There’s a link to the Slate article in the tweet itself.)

    • avidreader

      I’m sorry but how are the CIA, NSA and DHS not all over this already? Isn’t domestic espionage on of the reasons for their existence?

      I would think the FBI would be the least competent to investigate this.

      • Nic Peterson

        Comey’s FBI couldn’t convict 7 rednecks that live blogged their crimes while asking for donations and coffee poison.

        • Traxley Launderette

          And they threw out all those perfectly good dildos.

          Barbarians.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “THAT’s the REAL crime!!”

            — Milo

      • Traxley Launderette

        Because Republicans.

      • Maybe they are, as there have been hints of ongoing investigations. However, unlike the FBI, those organizations aren’t necessarily infiltrated by partisan leakers.

    • TheSeer

      No, FBI is compromised under Comey. Some other independent federal agency should investigate Comey & Trump & Russia together.

  • Lazycrockett

    Hey FBI how bout that Drumpf private server communicating with that Russian Bank?

    • Cuberly
      • I’m in the tech industry, these days specializing in networking and internet protocols. I was glad to read the detailed article…and yes, it is quite credible. Those white hats know what they’re doing.

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  • Lazycrockett
    • Bob Conti

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    • He makes for a wonderful Green Arrow. Well done.

    • JCF

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  • coram nobis

    The Comey/Russia connection story now prominent on the Guardian front web page. Story is beginning to pick up steam.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/31/james-comey-fbi-clinton-trump-email-investigation-russia-hack

  • EweTaw

    Little Chris Hayes is rambling on about this very thing right now.

    • Michael R

      I thought he would be more of a voice in all of this ,
      he really hasn’t been a stand out so far .

  • TampaDink

    That is so nice of NBC News to interview an employee of CNN on the air. Perhaps we can expect to see Rachel Maddow interviewed on AC 360.
    /sarcasm

  • PLAINTOM

    I think I know why some of the Rethugs were saying that Comey was wrong to make a statement so close to the election. They knew there was more Trump shit out there.

    • StillALiberal

      Yeah, Comey brought a knife to a gun fight. Stupid !

  • coram nobis

    The Intercept raises an interesting angle: seems that they’re arguing now about a “public interest exception”, which raises a possible, future legal precedent or policy standard.

    https://theintercept.com/2016/10/31/comeys-disclosures-set-stage-for-a-public-interest-exception-to-fbi-secrecy/

    In other words, a can of worms, the size of a #10 can.

    • TheSeer

      It’s in public interest of Russia for Trump to win.

  • Ninja0980

    Guess you should have kept your mouth shut eh Comey?

    • TheSeer

      Comey is a Russian hero and an American traitor.

  • PLAINTOM

    The Comey shot was a hit and miss at Hillary, this is a bomb blast that could take out other Republicans by association.

  • TampaDink

    Less than 3 & 3/4 hours left until November. How many more October surprises will surface by midnight?

    • Gianni

      I was thinking about that earlier. We had heard so much about an October Surprise, but October has been busting at the seams with surprises!

      • TampaDink

        The biggest surprise would have been if don the con began to behave like a 70 yr. old man running for POTUS.

      • Robincho

        June thought it was bustin’ out all over. Then it met October… 😉

    • Lazycrockett

      Maybe Ivanka will come forward and say how unfit her dad is to be in the WH. Yeah I watched Real Time.

      • TampaDink

        I haven’t seen this week’s episode yet. Maybe she’d also talk more about his incestuous public comments directed towards her.

        • Traxley Launderette

          Maybe she’ll reveal that the kids aren’t Jared’s. Their real dad is. ……

          Yeah, I implied that.

          • TampaDink

            I’ve been hearing things.

          • grada3784

            From all the best people?

          • TampaDink

            The best. The best people. All of them. Believe me.

          • JCF

            The Scrabble (something like 19th c English Scrabble?) scene in “Angels and Insects”.

            Oh, it’s a card game. The trailer has a pic of it a 0:54

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3ct-wvner8

            [Anagram of “INSECT”!]

  • Lazycrockett
  • coram nobis

    Boris, dollingk, they’re on to us. Can we extract Donald before it’s too late?

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9f/Boris_natasha_fearless.jpg/250px-Boris_natasha_fearless.jpg

  • Mikey

    Well Paul, now you know what it feels like to have a slander campaign aimed at you!

  • AdamTh

    The FBI is investigating? Sorry, but I have no respect left for the FBI now that it’s become nothing more than an arm of Trump’s new party – whatever he decides to name it….

    • Mikey

      The Fourth Retch?

  • TexasBoy

    So, did congressmen did a letter from Comey about the Manafort investigation, or the Trump to Russia server link?

  • EdA

    And Manafort has no idea who was impersonating him in the pro-Russia activities that he has acknowledged being a central actor in.

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  • JCF

    Drumpf’s ties to Putin didn’t start, NOR end, w/ Manfort!

  • NancyP

    You don’t always know if the FBI is investigating you!

  • sword

    The FBI cannot talk about any Republican activity that might affect the election. However, they are quite willing, if it has anything to do with Democrats.

  • D. J.

    Anytime I hear Ukraine mentioned, my ears perk up. Seems to be a major hub and indoctrination center of neo-nazis.
    Alt-right….Bullshit.
    They. Are. Neo-Nazis.

  • D. J.

    Ties to Russia need to be investigated among the evangelical crowd, too. World Congress of Families, Pat Robertson, Kenneth Copeland, Citizen Link, NOM etc…..

  • Russian oligarchs, Russian “businesses”, organized crime…

    …forgive me, but isn’t that rather redundant?