The FBI began investigating the probable involvement of Russia in the presidential elections in the United States in 2016, after he received this information from a senior Australian diplomat, high Commissioner of Australia to the UK Alexander Downer. About this newspaper The New York Times.
The publication refers to information received from several current and former U.S. officials familiar with the situation.
So, in may 2016 in one of London’s bars drunk Advisor to the presidential campaign of Donald trump George Papadopoulos told Downer that Russia has a thousand letters, that may compromise the candidate in US presidents from Democratic party Hillary Clinton.
Once the email batch has been hacked, and the emails became public, Australia passed this information to the FBI, the newspaper writes.
«Hacking and revelations of the party’s campaign trump may have prompted the FBI to begin in July 2016, the investigation of the attempts of Russia to interfere in elections and alleged collusion with any of the supporters of President trump,» reports The New York Times.
The publication writes that Papadopoulos could play a crucial role in this story. He proved that the Russian operation was more aggressive and ambitious than previously imagined.
The lawyer of the White house Ty Cobb refused to comment on the newspaper, he recalled that the US administration is cooperating with the investigation of special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.
In October 2016 the United States government officially accused Russia of hacking into the servers of American political parties, and meddling in the presidential election process in the country. In the Kremlin’s accusations of meddling in Russia’s elections in the United States called «nonsense».
On 10 December, the CIA concluded that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election to help the Republican candidate Donald Trump to win over the representative of the Democratic party Hillary Clinton. The speaker of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, has called such allegations «obscene».
Published in January 2017 the us intelligence report says that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered to start a campaign for intervention in U.S. elections.
17 may 2017 former FBI Director Mueller began to lead a special investigation into possible links between the Russian government and the headquarters of the trump. May 18, the American leader called the accusations in the address of the biggest «witch hunt» in American history.
Information about a possible Russian intervention in the American elections gave the Australian diplomat – media 01.01.2018