FBI Watched, Then Acted as Russian Spy Moved Closer to Hillary Clinton

BY JOHN SOLOMON AND ALISON SPANN
The Hill
Oct. 22, 2017

As Hillary Clinton was beginning her job as President Obamaís chief diplomat, federal agents observed as multiple arms of Vladimir Putinís machine unleashed an influence campaign designed to win access to the new secretary of State, her husband Bill Clinton and members of their inner circle, according to interviews and once-sealed FBI records.

Some of the activities FBI agents gathered evidence about in 2009 and 2010 were covert and illegal.

A female Russian spy posing as an American accountant, for instance,†used a false identity†to burrow her way into the employ of a major Democratic donor in hopes of gaining intelligence on Hillary†Clinton's department, records show. The spy was arrested and deported as she moved closer to getting inside the secretary's department, agents said.

Other activities were perfectly legal and sitting in plain view, such as when a subsidiary of Russia's state-controlled nuclear energy company hired a Washington firm to lobby the Obama administration. At the time it was hired, the firm was providing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in pro bono support to Bill Clinton's global charitable initiative, and it legally helped the Russian company secure federal decisions that led to billions in new U.S. commercial nuclear business, records show.

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