As was reported previously, several Putin-aligned Russians were in attendance at President Donald Trump's inaugural festivities last year, and it turns out the FBI was not overly pleased about it.
FBI counterintelligence officials were alarmed last year when a handful of Russian business leaders and activists with close ties to President Vladimir Putin showed up at Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities, the Washington Post reported Saturday.
Though the report does not specify which attendees drew of the FBI’s interest, former U.S. officials told the Post that they were concerned by the presence of individuals who had come up in the federal probe into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.
Along with the two lobbyists who met with senior Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower, Natalia Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin, a handful of other individuals from the upper echelons of Russia's elite partied with top U.S. officials that day:
- Alexey Repik, a wealthy pharmaceutical executive
- Viktor Vekselberg, a Putin-aligned energy tycoon whose American associates donated $1.25 million toward Trump's inauguration
- Boris Titov, a liberal-leaning presidential candidate in the 2018 election who is friends with Putin and part of the Kremlin establishment
- Maria Butina, a woman whose label is difficult to nail down - graduate student at American University in Washington D.C., gun enthusiast with ties to the NRA, Russian central bank staffer, journalist, and "a representative of the Russian Federation".