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Claims of Trump’s Russian ties prove elusive

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>> That source.>> A lot has been made this season about Donald Trump's supposed ties to Russia, whether it's his repeated praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin.>> They say such bad things about Putin.>> He prefers the Russian President to our American President.>> Or his former campaign manager's involvement with a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party.
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There have been plenty of eyebrow raising moments. But what's behind it? The FBI says it opened a preliminary inquiry and so far they haven't found all that much. Reuters National Security correspondent, Mark Hosenball.>> There's no doubt that Donald Trump, over the years has tried to engage in business in Russia.
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It's not clear to me how successful he's been. Certainly, a lot of serious allegations have been made to the FBI and at least at this point, they haven't substantiated any of them. It's not entirely clear to me that they've looked into any of them particularly seriously.>> The fact that Trump's potential ties to Russia never proceeded beyond preliminary inquiries in the FBI or US spy agencies has left democrats fuming.
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>> One of the issues here is that the FBI has been reluctant, at least internally, to get involved in the kind of investigation that would effect the election. Which of course is now led to accusations by democrats in particular that they're maintaining a double standard because the FBI director last Friday issued a letter publicly saying that they had I guess reopened, restarted their investigation on Hillary Clinton's emails.
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>> The Bureau looked into allegations that Trump and his associates might have had questionable dealings with Russian individuals or businesses, subject to US or international financial sanctions, as well as allegations that the Russian government might have compromising evidence on Trump. Sources telling Reuters, the FBI found insufficient evidence to go deeper.
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That's not stopping the Clinton campaign from pushing the FBI to release what it does know about Trump's potential ties to Russia. As to what those are one official telling Reuters on Tuesday that no final conclusion has been reached.