Trump advisers had at least 18 contacts with Russians, say sources

Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn

Sources familiar with the communications asserted that they did not indicate collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence to subvert the 2016 presidential election, but instead consisted of discussions to strengthen relations between a potential Trump administration and Russia. Six of the contacts were phone calls with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

The conversations also included a way to establish a communications backchannel between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to circumvent the US national security apparatus, whom both Putin and Trump viewed as inimical to good relations between the two countries.

"A thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", he declared. Hell, by now, Trump's posse has probably had more contact with Russia's government than Trump has with his daughter Tiffany. They say sources have revealed that there were at least 18 undisclosed contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russians. This was exhibited by now Attorney General Jeff Sessions not informing the Congress during his confirmation hearings that he had had contacts with Russian officials, even when he was directly questioned if such contacts had taken place.

In the conversations during the campaign, Russian officials emphasised a pragmatic, business-style approach and stressed to Trump associates that they could make deals by focusing on common economic and other interests and leaving contentious issues aside, the sources said.

"It's rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power", said former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage of the Bush administration. Congressional investigators are seeking Comey's memos, as well as documents from the Justice Department related to the firing.

Paul Joseph Watson, editor-at-large of one of Trump's favorite websites, InfoWars, used that sentence to dismiss the entire Trump-Russia investigation as the "witch hunt" Trump himself called it in a Thursday morning tweet.

On Feb. 14, Trump allegedly asked former FBI director James Comey during a private meeting to drop the bureau's investigation into Flynn. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (shown on right) was forced to resign after he failed to reveal the extent of his interactions with Russian officials to Vice President Mike Pence.

In a sign that the controversy over Russian Federation had reached a new phase, several White House officials were said to have...

On Wednesday the Trump administration appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into allegations Russian Federation and Trump's campaign collaborated to influence the 2016 presidential election. The official added "General Flynn was the person closest to [Trump] on national-security matters".

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