Trump Campaign Planned Back Channel For Trump-Putin

Trump Campaign Planned Back Channel For Trump-Putin

Trump Campaign Planned Back Channel For Trump-Putin

In January 2017 the White House initially denied there was any contact with Russian officials during the campaign.

Following Trump's election, Flynn and Kislyak heightened the pace of their communications.

According to a New York Times report released last night, the Trump team was aware that Flynn was under investigation for secretly working for the Turkish government, yet nonetheless brought him on board as national security adviser, a position wherein he'd be privy to the highest levels of classified information.

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.

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.

In a written statement, Trump insisted anew there were no nefarious ties between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Six of the 18 contacts were between Kislyak and Trump advisers, including Flynn, according to three current and former officials. Flynn and Kislyak allegedly discussed creating a back channel for Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to have talks that could bypass US national security bureaucracy.

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In Moscow, a Russian foreign ministry official declined to comment on the contacts and referred Reuters to the Trump administration.

The calls and emails, which had previously not been disclosed, make up part of the record that is being assembled as part of the investigation being run by the FBI as well as the congressional investigation into the ties between Russian Federation and the Trump administration and campaign.

On Feb. 14, Trump allegedly asked former FBI director James Comey during a private meeting to drop the bureau's investigation into Flynn. Mueller will now take charge of the FBI investigation that began last July.

Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk was one of those Putin allies believed to have spoken with members of the Trump campaign, the sources said.

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had previously warned the White House that Flynn was in a compromised position when it came to Russian Federation.

"Of course not", Pence said when asked whether anyone from the campaign was ever in touch with Russian Federation.

"I am not acquainted with any of Donald Trump's close associates, therefore no such conversation could have taken place", he said.

"Despite no evidence whatsoever having been presented of Trump or anyone on his campaign colluding with Russian Federation to influence the election, the deep state and the Democratic establishment is intensifying its effort to portray Trump as illegitimate", Watson wrote. However, officials can request that they be revealed for intelligence purposes.

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