Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during the U.S. presidential campaign

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Multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials have reported that high level-aides to Donald Trump were in constant communication with senior Russian officials known to intelligence agencies during the U.S. presidential campaign.

The frequency of the communications and the proximity to Trump of those involved is what ‘raised a red flag’ with U.S. intelligence. These communications were different than the ones between Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was one of the aides named as having contact with Russia. Manafort denied the claim. “This is absurd,” he said. “I have no idea what this is referring to. I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers.” He added, “It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer.’”

During the a press conference on February 14th, White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied that anyone on the Trump campaign had contacts with the Russians before the election, including Michael Flynn. “There is nothing that would conclude me to think that anything has changed,” he commented.

President Trump denied the Russia connection on Twitter calling it fake news:

To read more on this story in the CNN Politics article, click here.

To read more on this story in The New York Times article, click here.

To read more on this story in the MSNBC article, click here.

Watch the Sean Spicer press conference here:

 

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