Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russian Federation

Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians - sources

Newly reviewed information has found that former United States national security adviser Michael Flynn and other Trump aides were in contact with Russian officials or those connected with the Kremlin in at least 18 phone calls and emails in the final seven months of the United States elections, Reuters reported Thursday. Do you think they need to tone it down?

Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn resigned in February after it came to light that he had lied about a December meeting with Kislyak in which he discussed lifting USA sanctions on Russian Federation.

The questions that must be asked now are: Who were the other campaign officials also communicating via phone, text and email with the Russians prior to inauguration, and why were they looking to set up a way to communicate with Putin without anyone else knowing?

Six of the 18 contacts were between Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US, and campaign officials, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Officials familiar with the material under review told Reuters that following Trump's victory in the November 8 vote, Flynn and Kislyak discussed opening a line of communication between Trump and Putin that could "bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations".

"A thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", he declared.

Trump better hurry out some more denials.

The identities of other Russian or Trump advisers who were in contact are being kept under wraps in intelligence reports due to privacy laws.

Those contacts consisted of both emails and telephone conversations, according to Reuters' exclusive report. 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. The publication said they spoke with current and former USA officials, who were unnamed.

Though it's anyone's guess as to whether Trump has the wherewithal to conduct a private channel of communication with Putin, considering the 70-year-old rotten apricot casually gave away highly classified Israeli intelligence to Russian officials at last week's meeting in the Oval. Congressional investigators are seeking Comey's memos, as well as documents from the Justice Department related to the firing.

President Trump condemned the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation, saying it would deepen the chasms that have split a "not-unified" America. Flynn had discussed easing US sanctions against Russian Federation with the ambassador.

On May 17, the DOJ appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to head the investigation into Russia's alleged meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

In a sign that the controversy over Russian Federation had reached a new phase, several White House officials were said to have... The official added "General Flynn was the person closest to [Trump] on national-security matters".

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