Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians

May 22, 2017, 01:41
Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians

A White House spokesman told CNN, "We are confident that when these inquiries are complete there will be no evidence to support any collusion between the campaign and Russian Federation".

The bragging reportedly troubled us intelligence officials, some of whom sought to stymie what kind of information was given to him after Trump was elected and Flynn was tapped as his national security adviser.

The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead the investigation into allegations that Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election. The White House eventually admitted that Flynn did have 4 conversations with Kislyak, unknown to the head of the transition team, Vice President Mike Pence.

Russian state-run bank financed deal involving Trump hotel partner.

The White House denied contact with Russian officials during the campaign in January, the report notes. However, since then administration officials have confirmed there were four meetings between advisers and Kislyak.

Mr Flynn has been at the centre of swirling speculation after he stepped down from his position as Mr Trump's advisor amid claims he had misled the administration over his links to Russian Federation.

Sources told Reuters that one of the people Trump aides were in contact with was Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian oligarch and politician. In 2015, he was paid more than $33,000 to speak at a gala dinner in Moscow where he was seated next to Russian president Vladimir Putin, reported McClatchy. Trump said the investigation was a "witch hunt" and was part of Democrats' attempt to usurp his presidency. Six of these calls were with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

In this June 19, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Why? Why would Trump name as his top national security adviser a man he knew was under federal investigation, a man he had been warned against by a sitting president of the United States?

Flynn was sacked after only 24 days in the job.

The Yahoo News report does not reveal how Trump communicated the message to Flynn, but the fact that they're talking at all could be trouble for Trump.

Politico reported on Friday that Trump regrets firing Flynn, and according to an earlier report in the Times, the president unsuccessfully tried to get FBI Director James Comey to stop the investigation into Flynn.

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