"American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump"
According to the Times' sources these Trump associates include his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Carter Page, a businessman and former foreign policy adviser to the campaign, and Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative.
This means that Mr. Trump will take the oath of office while three of his associates (that we know of) are under investigation for colluding with the Russian government who had worked to help elect him.
This presents a frightening scenario due to the fact that as president, Mr. Trump will oversee the very agencies that have the authority to redirect or stop at least some of these investigations.
At this point it has not been made clear whether the intercepted communications had anything to do with Mr. Trump’s campaign, Mr. Trump himself or the investigation into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers and other attempts to disrupt the elections.
All that has been made clear is that the counterintelligence investigation will center on the business dealings of the president-elect’s past and present advisers who have had interactions with Russia.
Four agencies will be included in the investigation with the F.B.I. leading the inquiry, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit.
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump transition, denied any...
"knowledge of any investigation or even a basis for such an investigation,”
While representatives of the agencies involved declined to comment a half-dozen current and former officials who confirmed the existence of the investigations, some said they were providing information because they feared the new administration would obstruct their efforts.
According to the Times all representatives spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the cases.