Federal officials expand Russia probe to Trump campaign

Senior Republican Donald Trump administration officials have expanded the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to include whether any potential federal campaign finance law violations were committed by senior figures in…

Federal officials expand Russia probe to Trump campaign

Senior Republican Donald Trump administration officials have expanded the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to include whether any potential federal campaign finance law violations were committed by senior figures in the Trump campaign. The FBI investigation, announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday, led to a request to the Justice Department from several lawmakers that special counsel Robert Mueller be appointed to investigate what they called “possible coordination” between the Russian government and Trump’s team.

A member of the president’s election night team at his Trump Tower campaign headquarters in New York has been tapped by the Justice Department to work in the department’s top political corruption prosecutor position.

Oren Klein, the Republican campaign manager in New York, is a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells.

But he is also a former officer with the New York Republican State Committee, the campaign’s coordinating committee, where he formerly served as executive director.

The State Board of Elections last week added the committee to its list of organizations which may have received illegal donations, as Bloomberg News reported.

Those donations ranged from less than $200 to more than $30,000.

Klein had come under scrutiny for the use of $55,000 worth of Trump campaign funds to fund travel and other expenses, $25,000 of which was reimbursed by the campaign. He also borrowed about $80,000 from the campaign.

In 2016, the Federal Election Commission fined him $5,000 for a campaign finance violation.

Klein’s nomination was confirmed by the State Department’s Board of Presidential Nominations. He will begin working in the civil division of the department’s Office of Political Corruption Prosecutor.

He must begin serving in his new position in early February.

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