FBI Counterintelligence officials were reportedly scrambled into high alert after secret agents raised concerns about several Russian operatives connected to the Kremlin spotted at Donald Trump’s inauguration events in Washington, D.C. last year, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
According to the Post, the Russians attended several receptions, including a ball where the president danced. Event attendees included Viktor Vekselberg, Boris Titov, and Natalia Veselnitskaya, who attended a June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower and claimed to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the newspaper reported.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a criminal investigation into Russia’s election meddling and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. So far, his probe has led to two indictments and two guilty pleas.
Several Trump close associates have been indicted as a result of the probe. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort’s former associate, Richard Gates, were indicted on money laundering and tax fraud charges.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Trump has repeatedly claimed there was no collusion, calling Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt.”
Multiple congressional committees are conducting separate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. But House Republicans, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes have been working to discredit the special counsel investigation.
A report by The New Yorker has revealed that President Trump and Nunes may have deliberately worked together to manufacture a fake scandal about the Obama administration wiretapping Trump Tower in an attempt to distract America from the treasonous collusion with Russia the president is embroiled.