Trump Aides Were in Contact with Russian Officials
Trump aides were in constant contact with Russian official CNN has reported. The high-level advisers, close to President Donald Trump, when he was a presidential nominee, were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to US intelligence, multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration. Along with ex-President Barack Obama he was briefed on details of the extensive communications between suspected Russian operatives and people associated with the Trump campaign and the Trump business as reported by US officials familiar with the situation.
Trump Aides in Contact with Russia
Several senior Trump advisers were in regular communication with Russian nationals. Two of these advisers include the then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and then-adviser Michael Flynn (who just resigned from the Trump administration this week). Although officials emphasized that communications between campaign staff and representatives of foreign governments are not unusual, they indicated that these communications stood out to investigators due to the frequency and the level of the Trump advisers involved.
Additionally, two law enforcement officials told CNN that intercepted communications between Russian officials before and after the election discussed their belief that they had special access to Trump. The officials cautioned the Russians could have been exaggerating their access.
CNN has reached out to both Flynn and Manafort for information regarding their involvement. Flynn has yet to respond and Manafort emphatically denied that he was in contact with Russians known to US intelligence. He said, “That is 100% not true, at least as far as me. I cannot believe that they are including me in anything like that. I have not been involved in any of these activities.” He continued by saying, “I don’t remember talking to any Russian officials, ever. Certainly during the time we’re talking about.”
President Trump dismissed the claims that his advisers had close ties to Russia in a tweet today. He tweeted, “This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”