Video: Brexit, Trump cheerleader Farage ‘doubtful’ he is FBI Russia person of interest

Nigel Farage<p>The former leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, listens during a European Parliament session in Strasbourg, France, last month. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)</p>

LONDON  — The former leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, has ridiculed a newspaper report suggesting the FBI wants to talk to him as part of the inquiry into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s inner circle and Russia.

Farage said Thursday that The Guardian’s report is “extremely doubtful” because he has never been to Russia and has no business ties there.

The Guardian reported that sources with knowledge of the investigation said the FBI would like to interview Farage because of his ties to both Trump and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Farage, who played an important role in the successful campaign to take Britain out of the European Union, said he had visited Assange but only to try to set up a radio interview. He has also met several times with Trump.

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Jon Allsop
Jon Allsop
Jon Allsop graduated from the Columbia Journalism School in May 2017, receiving a Pulitzer traveling fellowship as one of the top four students in his class. While at Columbia, Jon covered everything from the musical Hamilton’s use in schools, to Chinese art, to Bronx real estate, and freelanced nationally for Pacifica Radio. He also partnered with the investigative team at The Hartford Courant as part of an international project on the lottery industry. In June, Jon will take up residence at BuzzFeed’s New York office as a Dow Jones interactive editing intern. In September, he'll start a year-long placement as a Delacorte fellow at The Columbia Journalism Review, where he hopes to cover the intersection between politics and the press in Trump’s America. Originally from Plymouth, England, Jon graduated with first class honors in Government from the London School of Economics, where he served as editor-in-chief of the official student newspaper The Beaver. He worked as a field organizer on the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union before moving to New York last summer. Jon also spent a year on exchange at Sciences Po Paris's specialist Middle East and Mediterranean campus in Menton, France.

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