The Guardian has previously reported that the British government played a key role in supplying information of Trump team members. The DOJ is currently investigating the role all of the different entities played at the beginning of the Russia investigation.
While the Department of Justice is investigating what triggered the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign that commenced at the end of July 2016, a new piece of information has been thrown into the mix: Andrew McCabe, who was FBI deputy director during the 2016 campaign, was exchanging messages with his counterpart in Britain's MI5, Jeremy Fleming, at the time.
As The Guardian reported on Tuesday, after the successful Brexit vote, FBI officials surmised that Russia might have influenced the outcome of the vote, and McCabe and Fleming were surprised by the results as well. The Guardian noted:
In one exchange in August 2016, Fleming noted that members of the FBI and MI5 had “met on our strange situation,” a veiled reference to discussions about Russian activities, according to the source. The text messages between the two men were infrequent and cryptic and did not contain specific or sensitive materials, but occurred with some regularity after the referendum in June 2016.
The Guardian added, “Their exchanges offer new insights into the start of the FBI’s Russia investigation, and how British intelligence appears to have played a key role in the early stages.”