In a sign of just how deep and wide the investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal runs, the FBI is now reportedly targeting Brexit leader Nigel Farage as part of the probe. This serves to further demonstrate that the FBI isn’t backing down after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. And there are at least a few reasons why the targeting of Farage may be key in the investigation into Trump.
Nigel Farage is naturally denying that he’s being targeted in the investigation (source: The Hill), but he’d have no way of knowing that for sure, and he’s merely blustering. Farage spent the 2016 U.S. election meeting with Donald Trump, meeting with WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange, and appearing on Russian government-controlled television. That’s raised the suspicion that he may have been some kind of go-between for coordinating the election hacking which was carried out by the Russian government, was publicized by WikiLeaks, and directly benefited the Trump campaign.
As we reported six weeks ago, the UK Election Commission has been investigating Nigel Farage for his role in the Brexit vote (link). It turns out Farage and the Brexit leaders used a company called Cambridge Analytica for their voter targeting in that election, and that company is now suspected of having used hacked voter data it got from the Russians. And who was running Cambridge Analytica at the time? Steve Bannon, who then went on to take over the Donald Trump campaign.
So the numerous ties between Brexit leader Nigel Farage and Donald Trump and his campaign serve to make Farage a rather obvious target in the FBI’s investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal. And then of course there is Donald Trump’s infamous August 18th tweet in which he declared “They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!” Considering that the real Mr. Brexit is now being targeted for allegedly conspiring with him, Trump might end up wishing he could take that tweet back.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report