The FBI is still investigating an “odd” computer link between a Russian bank and the Trump Organisation, according to reports.
A server owned by Moscow-based Alfa Bank accounted for 80% of the total searches for the contact information of a server owned by the President’s company last summer.
It is not known if Trump’s server did anything in return but it has been suggested the data could signify intent to communicate by email.
Elsewhere the Russia links scandal has prompted members of the Trump administration to downplay the relationship between them and Carter Page.
Page, a little-known investment banker who briefly served as a foreign policy adviser on the Republican’s presidential campaign,reports the Associated press.
This week, Page – who is at the centre of the swirling controversy over Trump associates’ connections to Russia – painted himself as a recurrent visitor to Trump Tower, the New York skyscraper that housed Trump’s campaign offices.
“I have frequently dined in Trump Grill, had lunch in Trump Café, had coffee meetings in the Starbucks at Trump Tower, attended events and spent many hours in campaign headquarters on the fifth floor last year,” Page wrote in a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s hacking of Democratic groups and possible campaign contacts with Moscow.
Page tied his presence in Trump Tower to the president’s unverified assertion the President Barack Obama had the building wiretapped, though Page provided no evidence to back up that assertion.
Page’s comments were the latest wrinkle in the swirling controversy surrounding Trump associates’ connections to Russia. The New York Times has reported that Page is among the Trump associates whose potential contacts with Russia are being investigated by the FBI. Congressional committees probing Russia’s hacking during the election and Trump campaign ties have asked Page to preserve materials related to their investigations.
Trump’s White House and campaign advisers dismiss Page as an inconsequential figure who has never met the president. He wasn’t on the campaign payroll and severed ties with the Trump team before the election.
Still, Page’s connection to the campaign, however tenuous, has boosted his public persona. In July, he was invited to speak at the graduation ceremony at Moscow’s New Economic School, a role often filled by prominent international politicians, including President Barack Obama in 2009.
Page’s appearance at the Russian university immediately raised eyebrows.