Nigel Farage denies being a ‘person of interest’ in US/Russia FBI investigation

Published: 10:13 GMT, Jun 2, 2017 |

Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage denied on Thursday (June 1) being a “person of interest” in the U.S. investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Farage said in an interview with the BBC that the claims were preposterous, describing them them as “fake news” and “hysterical rubbish”.

London-based newspaper the Guardian reported on Thursday that Farage was “right in the middle” of the relationships being looked at by the FBI, but he had not been accused of wrongdoing and was not a suspect or target of the U.S. investigation.

The newspaper said the former leader of the UK Independence Party had “raised the interest” of investigators due to his connections with Trump and Julian Assange’s Wikileaks, which published leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee during the campaign.

Farage, who campaigned for decades for Britain to leave the European Union, was a vocal backer of Trump, appearing on the campaign trail and meeting him in New York just days after the election victory. Farage also met Assange in March this year at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where the Wikileaks founder has been holed up for five years.