Treasury to share financial info on Trump and Russia for Senate probe: reports

Treasury to share financial info on Trump and Russia for Senate probe: reports
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The Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit will share information requested by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into potential ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The Senate panel requested the records from the Treasury unit, known as FinCEN, late last month, sources told the newspaper. The sources didn't specify the nature of the records, but one source described the records as critical for the panel reaching a conclusion on whether there was any coordination between Trump associates and Russia during the campaign.

The move comes days after Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenMobile providers at center of privacy storm Hillicon Valley: House chair seeks emergency briefing on wireless industry's data sharing | AG nominee to recuse himself from AT&T-Time Warner merger | Dem questions Treasury, IRS on shutdown cyber risks On The Money: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown poised to become longest in history | Congress approves back pay for workers | More federal unions sue over shutdown MORE (D-Ore.) delayed Trump’s pick for a key Treasury post in an attempt to obtain those documents from the Treasury Department.

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"I have stated repeatedly that we have to follow the money if we are going to get to the bottom of how Russia has attacked our democracy. That means thoroughly review any information that relates to financial connections between Russia and President Trump and his associates," Wyden said in a statement.

The Senate Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLeaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight Mobile providers at center of privacy storm Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks MORE (Va.), confirmed earlier this week that lawmakers had requested the info as part of their broader investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"You get materials that show if there have been, what level of financial ties between, I mean some of the stuff, some of the Trump-related officials, Trump campaign-related officials and other officials and where those dollars flow — not necessarily from Russia,” Warner told CNN.