The FBI is reportedly leading a multi-agency investigation into whether Russia funneled secret money and aid to the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump.
McClatchy News, citing two unnamed sources, reported the investigators are looking at the possibility of "how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win."
The "inter-agency working group" includes the FBI, 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.
According to McClatchy, the group began meeting last spring – well ahead of the hijacking of the Democratic National Committee's computer files.
One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners might have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, McClatchy reported.
McClatchy noted the BBC has reported the FBI had obtained a warrant Oct. 15 from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court allowing investigators access to bank records and other documents about potential payments and money transfers related to Russia.
McClatchy reported it had confirmed the BBC report.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has opened its own investigation into Russia's involvement in the campaign. That panel will have subpoena power.
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