The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has information suggesting that associates of President Donald Trump communicated Russian operatives to damage the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
To this end, the FBI is investigating four former Trump campaign associates: Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page for Russian contacts known to U.S. intelligence. All four have denied improprieties.
Last July, Russian intelligence agencies began releasing hacked emails stolen in a breach of the Democratic National Committee in addition to email accounts belonging to Clinton campaign officials, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.
The release of the stolen emails is being handled by the FBI’s counterintelligence division.
Investigators continue to analyze information from multiple sources for any possible indications of coordination, according to US officials.
The FBI is investigating the leaked dossier of unverified information compiled by a former British intelligence official compiled for Trump’s political opponents, though the dossier also suggests a coordination between Trump campaign associates and Russian operatives.
The FBI is now reviewing human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to U.S. officials. T
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, said Thursday the Russian government would not comment on information from unnamed sources. “This is another piece of information without any sources which can’t be commented on, neither can it be taken as some serious thing,” Peskov told reporters. The investigation is ongoing.