The rumors ran wild on social media on Thursday as the FBI raided a Maryland-based consulting firm that helps raise money for GOP candidates. Rumors led people to believe the raid had something to do with the ongoing investigations into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections. But as of now, those rumors appear to be nothing more than the spread of fake news.
According to a local CBS news station, the FBI says this is part of a Washington D.C. field office investigation.
When the FBI arrived with a warrant to raid the headquarters of the firm called Strategic Campaign Group, agents turned off elevator access and used trash bags to cover the office windows while they grabbed evidence.
According to the company’s CEO, the raid has nothing to do with Russia. Reportedly, the raid stems back to a 2013 campaign for a politician in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, who ran for governor but lost.
The firm has held a stellar reputation for years and is a reliable source for may GOP candidates.
Chairman of the State GOP party, Dirk Haire, says “we don’t believe anyone currently has an engagement with that firm, so we are simply suggesting that no one should engage them for any activities at the present time until the investigation is resolved.” The Maryland Republican Party also confirms it’s looking into the raid.
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