FBI to create special Russian department - Financial Times

The FBI plans to set up a special unit to coordinate the investigation into 'Russian interference' in the elections, the Financial Times reported.

According to the source of the publication, the work of the department would also be aimed at giving the director of the FBI, James Comey, additional opportunities to access the details of the investigation.

"It (unit - Ed.) is designed to increase resources," said one of the FBI agents.

As the newspaper writes, usually the bureau prefers to conduct investigations from one of its 56 offices. However, according to current and former officials, a central leader is needed to investigate "Russian interference" in presidential elections.

The Financial Times notes that the unit would be based at the FBI headquarters in Washington and would begin work next month.

It is expected that the activities of the service will be monitored by a counterintelligence specialist who will report on the Comey's work once a week and report every day to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. In total, the department will include 20 agents, summoned from all over the country.

According to the publication, FBI investigators will also assess the possibility of instituting criminal proceedings. However, many are pessimistic about such prospects because of the difficulty of obtaining evidence from the Russian side.

DONi News Agency