New reports have revealed the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is now working with Citibank to investigate a “suspicious payment” from the Russian embassy to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak made in December 2016.
The “payroll” check of $120,000 was more than twice Kislyak’s annual salary during the past two years, which raised eyebrows at Mueller’s headquarters since the timing happens to coincide with the time that he conducted two secret meetings with officials of the Trump transition team.
This is only the latest in a string of suspicious financial transactions by the Embassy in the transition period to come under investigation by the Special Counsel’s office, though Business Insider cautions that there is no evidence yet linking the payments to any kind of improper behavior.
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The first meeting was with disgraced National Security Advisor Gen, Michael Flynn on Dec 1st, 2016, to discuss a secret back-channel between the White House and the Kremlin to discuss “Syria;” the second meeting was with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Sergey Gorkov, a Russian banker who gave Kushner some gifts and discussed nothing of importance, if their story is to be believed — which it shouldn’t.
It certainly seems to be a payment deserving of scrutiny. The timing is just too suspicious for any investigator to pass up.