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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Crain's Chicago Business: Russia Probe Takes Rep. Quigley to Cyprus

Apr 14, 2017
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By Greg Hinz

Chicago Congressman Mike Quigley is just back from a hush-hush two-day trip to Cyprus, the latest development in the probe of Russian intervention in the U.S. election and whether aides to Donald Trump colluded with it.

Quigley, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is probing potential Trump-Russia ties, wouldn't say too much about what exactly he found out during his two-day trip, accompanied only by a military escort. But he sure dropped some riveting hints.

"The Russians laundered money to avoid (U.S.) sanctions" over Russia's seizure of Crimea and other matters, Quigley told me. "That makes it front-and-center in this investigation. . . .Sanctions are the possible motives for collusion."

Quigley wouldn't say whether he and the committee are examining the role of Trump's commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, and his activity as vice chairman of a Cypriot bank with close ties to Russian oligarchs and associates of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Nor would he say if the trip involved looking at loans obtained for Trump's real estate empire before he became president.

All he'd add was, "I learned a lot. I'm still digesting."

Meanwhile, his committee's probe continues.