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FBI Used Trump Dossier to Bolster Case for Monitoring Advisor on Russia

Carter Page, former campaign advisor for Donald Trump.

Carter Page, former campaign advisor for Donald Trump.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI gained approval to secretly monitor a Donald Trump associate after using a dossier of allegations that Russians were conspiring with Trump to help him win the presidential election, U.S. officials told CNN. 

The dossier, which alleges quid-pro-quo deals with Russia, helped the FBI gain approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to track the communications of Carter Page, who served as an advisor to Trump on national security.

U.S. officials said they conducted their own investigation apart from the dossier to conclude that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

CNN wrote:

The dossier alleges that Page met senior Russian officials as an emissary of the Trump campaign, and discussed quid-pro-quo deals relating to sanctions, business opportunities and Russia’s interference in the election. Page has denied meeting the officials named in the dossier and says he never cut any political deals with the Kremlin.

During the campaign, he traveled to Russia in July, where he gave a lecture critical of US policy toward Russia. That trip drew the attention of the FBI and raised concerns about Page’s contacts with suspected Russian operatives, according to US officials briefed on the matter. Page has said he made the trip independent of the Trump campaign and his speech reflected his own views.

Wide-Ranging FIFA Corruption Probe Nets More Than a Dozen New Arrests

FIFABy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than a dozen people are expected to be charged following the pre-dawn arrests Thursday in Switzerland in the wide-ranging corruption probe of FIFA, soccer’s multibillion-dollar governing body, the New York Times reports.

The investigation involves current and former senior soccer officials who are accused of money laundering, fraud and racketeering.

Thursday’s raid follows a series of similar arrests in May.

The arrests heavily involved South and Central American soccer leaders.

The investigation is being led by the U.S.

FBI’s Secret Insider Took Bribes from 2 Countries Ahead of World Cup

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s inside source on the FIFA investigation admitted to federal authorities that he took bribes from two countries that wanted to host the World Cup, according to ABC News.

The informant, Charles Blazer, an American ex-FIFA executive committee member,  pleaded guilty to tax evasion and fraud in 2013. New documents show how he became an informant.

“Among other things, I agreed with other persons in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup,” Blazer said the November 2013 hearing, according to a court transcript.

Officials said Blazer recorded conversations with other soccer officials.

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FBI Focuses FIFA Investigation on Organization’s Leader, Sepp Blatter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The primary target of the widening FIFA investigation has become the organization’s president, Sepp Blatter, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Citing two sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, the Times writes that Blatter has become the focus of an investigation into bribery by the soccer’s world governing body.

“He’s a target,” said one of the sources. “He has been for a while.”

The goal among prosecutors is to get help from the 14 others who have been indicted to learn the extent of the rigging of soccer venues and other criminal violations that are alleged.

Blatter announced his resignation Tuesday morning, just before news broke that he was a primary target of the investigation .

Justice Department Slams FIFA with 47-Count Indictment

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has unleashed a widespread assault on suspected corruption within FIFA and other soccer organizations on Wednesday.

The National Journal reports that the Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment that includes racketeering, corruptions and conspiracy.

The indictment outlines 12 different schemes over the past 25 years. One includes a plot to tampering with bidding in the 2010 World Cup.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the crimes were a betrayal to fans.

“Many of the individuals and organizations we will describe today were entrusted with keeping soccer open and accessible to all,” she said. “They were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest and to protect the integrity of the game. Instead they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves.”

 

FBI Steps Up Investigation of FIFA As World Soccer Body Says It Did Nothing Wrong

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is stepping up its investigation of FIFA, the world soccer body that just announced it did nothing wrong, CNN reports.

The FBI is investigating corruption issues that include the 2018 and 2022 bidding process.

Even as the bureau presses on, the FIFA ethics committed announced Thursday that it found no corruption.

A former top FIFA official is cooperating with the FBI and has provided documents and recordings of meetings, CNN reported.

FBI Investigates Russian World Cup Bid

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Did anybody find it surprising when Russia beat out England for the 2018 World Cup bid? How about Qatar beating the US for the 2022 bid?

The FBI seems to think it strange. A group of agents with the “Eurasian organized crime” unit are investigating a possible email hacking related to the selection process, and some of the hackers may be tied to Russia, reports Dead Spin. The US originally sought the 2018 bid, which would have put them in direct competition with Russia, which has denied an part in the hacking. Members of England’s bid team were recently questioned about the hacking by FBI investigators.

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