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FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (photo) and his counterpart in MI5 in Great Britain, Jeremy Fleming, had text conversations about & # 39; our strange situation & # 39; when the FBI started its investigation into Donald Trump's cooperation with Russia

Secret 2016 texts between top intelligence officials raise questions about the role of the UK in the early stages of the FBI collusion investigation between Russia and the Trump campaign

  • Texts between the then FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and his British MI5 counterpart, Jeremy Fleming, were uncovered by the Guardian on Tuesday
  • In August 2016, Fleming noted that members of the FBI and MI5 & # 39; had met our strange situation & # 39; – apparently referring to discussions about Russian activities
  • The texts were revealed while the Ministry of Justice is investigating which led to the start of the FBI investigation
  • It is believed that they pay particular attention to the influence of another senior British intelligence officer, the & # 39; dirty file & # 39; author Christopher Steele
  • Earlier this month, the US and the UK became embroiled in a full diplomatic spit after the British ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch Trump & # 39; unsuitable & # 39; called
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Senior intelligence officials in the United States and the United Kingdom had text conversations about & # 39; our strange situation & # 39; when the FBI started its investigation into whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign coincided with Russia.

Text messages between the then FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and his British MI5 counterpart, Jeremy Fleming, were brought to light by Guardian on Tuesday.

The correspondence raises questions about the role of the UK in the early stages of the Russian probe amid increased tensions between US and British officials.

Earlier this month, the countries became embroiled in a large-scale diplomatic spit after cable leakage in which the British ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch Trump & # 39; unsuitable & # 39; called.

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The texts were revealed while the Ministry of Justice is investigating which led to the start of the FBI investigation.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (photo) and his counterpart in MI5 in Great Britain, Jeremy Fleming, had text conversations about & # 39; our strange situation & # 39; when the FBI started its investigation into Donald Trump's cooperation with Russia

Jeremy Fleming is pictured

Jeremy Fleming is pictured

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (left) and his counterpart in MI5 in Great Britain, Jeremy Fleming (right), had text conversations about & # 39; our strange situation & # 39; when the FBI started its investigation into the collusion of Donald Trump & # 39; s presidential campaign with Russia

It is believed that they pay particular attention to the influence of another high-level British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele.

Steele, a former senior officer at the British intelligence service MI6, presented the notorious & # 39; dirty file & # 39; together, claiming that Moscow was trying to intervene in the 2016 US presidential election and that there was potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, along with other unverified and beneficial claims about the president, including that he was vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.

The file was eventually paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Many of the most important claims have never been verified.

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The most striking message was that of August 2016, three months before election day, in which Fleming noted that members of the FBI and MI5 had met our strange situation & # 39 ;.

The correspondence raises questions about the role of the UK in the early stages of the Russian investigation into their involvement in the 2016 elections that Trump chose (photo)

The correspondence raises questions about the role of the UK in the early stages of the Russian investigation into their involvement in the 2016 elections that Trump chose (photo)

The correspondence raises questions about the role of the UK in the early stages of the Russian investigation into their involvement in the 2016 elections that Trump chose (photo)

A source told the Guardian that the comment related to discussions about Russian activities.

Senior FBI officer Peter Strzok had traveled to London that same month to meet Australian diplomat Alexander Downer. Downer agreed to talk to the FBI about Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, who had told him that Russia was dirty in Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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McCabe and Fleming reportedly started texting & # 39; and with some regularity after the UK Brexit referendum in June 2016.

The source said that many FBI officials saw the vote as a sign that Russia's attempts to influence Western elections may have been successful.

Although the texts were cryptic and contain no specific or sensitive material, their regularity deserves intrigues.

American and British intelligence services generally share information, but the use of texts as a means of communication is atypical.

The role that foreign governments have played in the FBI's decision to launch an investigation remains a sensitive issue in the US months after the probe was closed.

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In 2017, reports revealed that British espionage agencies played a central role in alerting FBI officials for contacts between the Trump campaign team and Russian agents.

The FBI opened its secret counter intelligence investigation, named & # 39; Crossfire Hurricane & # 39 ;, into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia on July 31, 2016.

Special counselor Robert Mueller eventually intervened to take over the biennial probe, which did not bring about a criminal conspiracy, but did find several incidents in which Trump tried to obstruct law in the investigation.

The texts were revealed while the Ministry of Justice is investigating which led to the start of the FBI investigation. It is believed that they pay particular attention to the influence of another high-level British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele (photo)

The texts were revealed while the Ministry of Justice is investigating which led to the start of the FBI investigation. It is believed that they pay particular attention to the influence of another high-level British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele (photo)

The texts were revealed while the Ministry of Justice is investigating which led to the start of the FBI investigation. It is believed that they pay particular attention to the influence of another high-level British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele (photo)

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