Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee announced Tuesday that they will be allowed access data from the Treasury Department's financial crimes unit (FinCEN) as part of their investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.
"The stack of press reports gets higher every day regarding financial connections between Trump associates and Russia, and Trump's own business dealings with Russian interests," Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., told CNN. "This morning, Treasury briefed me on documents that are being transmitted to the Senate. I believe these documents will be sufficient to start following the money."
Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the panel's ranking Democrat, told CNN last month that the committee had "made a request, to FinCEN in the Treasury Department, to make sure, not just for example vis-a-vis the president, but just overall our effort to try to follow the intel no matter where it leads."
The Democratic leader of the House investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said in May that examining financial records and transactions is absolutely crucial to our investigatory effort," according to CNN.
Wyden placed a hold on Trump's nominee to run FinCen, Sigal Mandelker, until they had received it. He said Tuesday that the hold has been lifted.
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