Senior ranking House Democrats formally requested the FBI investigate Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for possible connections to breaches of Democratic National Committee resources by Russian hackers.
In a joint letter sent to FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, senior ranking House Democrats formally requested the FBI investigate Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for possible connections to breaches of Democratic National Committee resources by Russian hackers.
The call to action centered on recently ousted Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was revealed to have been financially linked to a pro-Russian group in Ukraine.
“Serious questions have been raised about overt and covert actions by Trump campaign officials on behalf of Russian interests. It is critical for the American public to know whether those actions may have directly caused or indirectly motivated attacks against Democratic institutions and our fundamental election process,” the congressmen wrote.
While Trump campaign officials insist that there is no proof that the GOP presidential candidate statements “directly or indirectly led” to any of the hacks of DNC system, Reps. Elijah Cummings, Elliot L. Engel, Bennie Thompson, and John Conyers warned:
“The United States should take all steps possible to prevent Russia from interfering in our electoral process and prosecute to the full extent of the law anyone involved in such a scheme.”
Last month, several news outlets reported that Manafort’s name was listed in a secret ledger along with payments totaling $12.7 million. Days later, he resigned from the campaign to be replaced by GOP pollster, Kellyanne Conway, as campaign manager and Breitbart editor, Stephen Bannon, as campaign CEO.