About Those 18 Undisclosed Meetings The Trump Campaign Had With The Russians
- Author: Sonia Alvarado May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 4:41
Advisers to President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign were in contact at least 18 different times with Russian officials or other people with ties to the Russian government during the election race, according to Reuters. Do you think they need to tone it down?
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?
Many of these conversations were between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States.
Reports also now seem to confirm that multiple conversations between Flynn and Kislyak took place, where they discussed ways in which they could set up a direct back channel between Trump and Putin in order to avoid the "hostile" usa national security bureaucracy.
"A thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", he declared.
The most recent information to add its weight to the avalanche of questionable conduct committed by Trump and the people around him was reported by Reuters on Thursday morning.
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Beyond Medvedchuk and Kislyak, the identities of the other Putin-linked participants in the contacts remain classified and the names of Trump advisers other than Flynn have been "masked" in intelligence reports on the contacts because of legal protections on their privacy as American citizens.
Those contacts consisted of both emails and telephone conversations, according to Reuters' exclusive report. It was not clear with whom he spoke but the sources said the topics discussed were also about improving US-Russian cooperation. Congressional investigators are seeking Comey's memos, as well as documents from the Justice Department related to the firing.
Flynn, a retired general, was forced by the president to resign after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about conversations he'd had with Kislyak, in which he allegedly discussed the lifting of US sanctions on Russian Federation.
These stories all came after The Washington Post published an audio recording of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from June 15, 2016, one day after the intelligence community alleged Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee. Comey recounted the conversation in an Federal Bureau of Investigation memo. On May 9, he fired FBI Director James Comey for his alleged incompetence, but critics said that Trump was actually getting rid of him because he was investigating the president's ties to Russian Federation and wanted more money to do so.
No evidence of wrongdoing or collusion emerged in the communications, the officials told Reuters, but they are part of the record the FBI and congressional investigators are examining, the report said, as part of the federal probes into Russian interference in the US election.
Sources close to Trump have asserted that it was hard for him to fire Flynn.