(November 3) The Clinton campaign is demanding that the FBI confirm accusations that Donald Trump, the Republican candidate is secretly supported by Russia.
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|Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat representing Nevada, even claimed that the FBI is withholding secret "explosive" evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. However, according to antiwar.com:|
FBI officials familiar with their investigations into the allegations, which the Clinton campaign started publicizing around the Democratic National Convention, say they’ve turned up nothing to connect Trump and Russia, leading FBI Director James Comey to decide against making any statements to that effect.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a preliminary inquiry in recent months into allegations that Trump or his associates might have had questionable dealings with Russian people or businesses, but found no evidence to warrant opening a full investigation, according to sources familiar with the matter. The agency has not publicly discussed the probe.Robby Mook, Clinton campaign manager wondered out loud why the FBI did not release information about the Russia inquiries: "If you're in the business of releasing information about investigations on presidential candidates, release everything you have on Donald Trump. Release the information on his connections to the Russians."
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. And 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.There are all sorts of questions about whether the hacking into the Democratic emails was done by Russia or someone acting on behalf of Russia. See this article for a start. CNBC claimed Comey had argued against accusing Russia of interfering in the election due to the timing, and he did not want the accusation coming from his agency.