New York Times: Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia
WASHINGTON — For much of the summer, the F.B.I. pursued a widening investigation into a Russian role in the American presidential campaign. Agents scrutinized advisers close to Donald J. Trump, looked for financial connections with Russian financial figures, searched for those involved in hacking the computers of Democrats, and even chased a lead — which they ultimately came to doubt — about a possible secret channel of email communication from the Trump Organization to a Russian bank.
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.
Hillary Clinton’s supporters, angry over what they regard as a lack of scrutiny of Mr. Trump by law enforcement officials, pushed for these investigations. In recent days they have also demanded that James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., discuss them publicly, as he did last week when he announced that a new batch of emails possibly connected to Mrs. Clinton had been discovered.
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WNU Editor: If Donald Trump had (or has) ties with the Kremlin .... that story would have broken out months ago via through Russian social media and/or through one of Russia's many news outlets. But as I had mentioned in this blog at the beginning of this year .... when I brought up Trump's name to my many family members and friends in Russia .... especially to those who would know if there was a Trump business connection to Russia .... no one knew who he was.
Update: They are really stretching it here .... Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia? (Slate). No surprise on the reaction .... Trump camp denies report of Russian bank being tied to Trump Organization (The Guardian).