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NY Times: FBI Found No Evidence of Trump-Russia Connection

trump-13The New York Times reported late Monday that an FBI investigation into potential ties between Republican presidential Donald Trump and Russian leadership found no evidence that such a relationship existed.

“Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government,” reported The Times.

The article confirms previous reports that the FBI was investigating Trump staffers, in particular former campaign manager Paul Manafort‘s previous work for a pro-Putin Ukrainian political party. But sources say that had nothing to do with potential Trump-Russian ties, and more to do with the allegation that Manafort failed to declare income from his foreign lobbying.

The more serious allegation concerned communication between a Trump Organization server and two servers for the Russian bank Alfa. Reporters at The Times had been poring over computer logs showing the Russian servers sent more than 2,700 messages to the Trump server, but the FBI ruled that there was “an innocuous explanation, like a marketing email or spam, for the computer contacts.”

But most of the FBI’s investigation was into the hack of Democratic emails and their slow release by the Russian government. There, they found that Russian motives had little to do with Trump. “Even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump,” The Times reports.

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