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

FBI investigating shady Russian money transfers designated 'to finance election campaign of 2016': report

One transfer in question, from August 2016, shows roughly $30,000 from the Russian foreign ministry being deposited to the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C. BuzzFeed reported that the transfer came from a Kremlin-backed bank, "landed in one of the embassy's Citibank accounts and contained a remarkable memo line: 'to finance election campaign of 2016'".

The transactions moved between Citibank accounts in nearly 60 countries and totaled $380,000. What remains unclear, however, is how the funds were used.

There's a new twist in the investigation over Russia's role in the 2016 US presidential election, with BuzzFeed reporting on the FBI's scrutiny of Russian wire transfers tagged "2016 election". The bank ultimately found dozens of transfers with similar memo lines sent to countries ranging from Afghanistan to Nigeria.

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".

"Now Buzzfeed together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Congress are investigating money transfers for the embassy, which performs its duties in strict accordance with the Vienna Convention [on Diplomatic Relations]", the Russian embassy in Washington said in a statement".

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The publication comes amid the ongoing FBI and US Congress investigations into Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 US presidential election campaign.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, now a candidate for Illinois Attorney General, notes: "Foreign contributions in connection with USA federal elections are against the law".

However, the report notes that investigators have not yet determined what the money was used for after it was sent.

The embassy added that Russian diplomatic missions will continue providing Russian nationals living overseas with the possibility to vote at Russia's parliamentary or presidential elections or attract additional funding if it is necessary, and United States investigators will not prevent this. "It's a good lead". Information on the transfers was provided to them by the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN.

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