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FBI Creating Special Unit For Russia Probe

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 09:19 AM

The FBI intends to create a special unit to coordinate its probe into Russia's attempt to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, the Financial Times is reporting.

The unit will be based in the FBI headquarters in Washington and is designed to give FBI Director James Comey greater insight into the case, the Times reported.

"It's meant to surge resources," an unnamed FBI agent told the newspaper.

Normally, the agency runs probes out of one of its 56 field office. But it has created special units in the recent past to deal with WikiLeaks disclosures and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, .

"It's getting unwieldy," said one person familiar with the plan. "It's too big and it's on the front page of the newspaper every day."

The new team will include about 20 agents brought in from throughout the country, the Times reported. Comey will be briefed on a weekly basis and daily updates will be given to deputy director Andrew McCabe, the paper added.

McCabe, has come under fire in the past for his ties to Clinton allies, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly a half a million dollars to the unsuccessful state Senate campaign of McCabe's wife, Jill in 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Jill McCabe lost the election. Her husband later oversaw the investigation into Clinton's email use, the Journal said.

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The FBI intends to create a special unit to coordinate its probe into Russia's attempt to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, the Financial Times is reporting.
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