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Wed May 16, 2018, 01:50 PM

A Secret Mission, a Code Name and Anxiety: Inside the Early Days of the F.B.I.'s Trump Investigation

By Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman and Nicholas Fandos

May 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark.

Their assignment, which has not been previously reported, was to meet the Australian ambassador, who had evidence that one of Donald J. Trump’s advisers knew in advance about Russian election meddling. After tense deliberations between Washington and Canberra, top Australian officials broke with diplomatic protocol and allowed the ambassador, Alexander Downer, to sit for an F.B.I. interview to describe his meeting with the campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos.

The agents summarized their highly unusual interview and sent word to Washington on Aug. 2, 2016, two days after the investigation was opened. Their report helped provide the foundation for a case that, a year ago Thursday, became the special counsel investigation. But at the time, a small group of F.B.I. officials knew it by its code name: Crossfire Hurricane.

The name, a reference to the Rolling Stones lyric “I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” was an apt prediction of a political storm that continues to tear shingles off the bureau. Days after they closed their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, agents began scrutinizing the campaign of her Republican rival. The two cases have become inextricably linked in one of the most consequential periods in the history of the F.B.I.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/us/politics/crossfire-hurricane-trump-russia-fbi-mueller-investigation.html

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mr_lebowski May 16 #1
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 02:01 PM

1. I was raised by a toothless spitting hag ...

I tell ya what though ... it ain't 'alllllllll riiiiiiiiiight' ... at all.

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Wed May 16, 2018, 02:22 PM

2. Strzok "our side" will just have to be included in reporting on this

That's pretty much all Foxworld will hear

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 02:53 PM

3. Great article. A lot to digest. But it's all there

Key points to me
They started the investigation before the election
They started the investigation before knowledge of the Steele dossier
The NYTimes admits culpability ( burying news of an investigation deep in a story, cllaing nothing was found when in fact the investigation was just getting started
Rubios comments are interesting
The 4 people they were investigating early on are all crooks so they were barking up the right tree
They were afraid to reveal anything or even press the investigation early on because Shithead
would claim the election was rigged. This irritates me to no end. Do your fucking job to protect our country.

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