Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Russian wire transfers labeled 'to finance election campaign of 2016'

President Trump chats with Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting last week

President Trump chats with Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting last week

A new report from BuzzFeed claims that the FBI is investigating a series of money transfers made from the Russian foreign ministry to its embassies that were designated specifically "to finance election campaign of 2016".

The FBI is scrutinizing more than 60 wire transfers, BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday, totaling more than $380,000. An overwhelming majority of the wire transfers included the eyebrow-raising memo line.

At the end of September, the Federal Bureau of Investigation learned about the wire transfers and is now looking into how the money was used.

Additionally, it's not known exactly which election the money was earmarked to support, as BuzzFeed notes that "seven nations had federal elections during the span when the funds were sent - including the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, on September 18, 2016".

President Putin's government meddled in the 2016 USA election, according to a consensus report from the US intelligence community.

Three Congressional committees are conducting investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential vote. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are examining more than 60 wire transfers from the Russian government to its embassies, including those in the USA, marked: "to finance election campaign of 2016".

What is clear is that the money from the wire transfers made its way to Russian embassies in nearly 60 countries between August and September 2016, the months leading up to the USA presidential election.

Former intelligence officials have recently expressed worry that the president is being manipulated by Putin, with former CIA Director John Brennan and ex-National Intelligence Director James Clapper both saying Trump has mishandled Moscow's ties to the election.

Citibank spokesperson Jennifer Lowney said the financial institution is "diligent" in reporting suspicious transfers but that "given the confidential nature of these reports, we do not comment on or confirm any particular report or transaction". "It's a good lead".

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