May 18, 2017

Reuters: 18 undisclosed Trump campaign, Russia contacts

Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik, Kremlin Pool via AP

Trump campaign officials engaged in more contacts with Russians and Kremlin-affiliated individuals than have previously been disclosed, according to a new Reuters report that cites "current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges."

  • The timing: "The 18 calls and electronic messages took place between April and November 2016..."
  • Main focus: "Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Kislyak and Trump advisers, including [Michael] Flynn..."
  • Caveat: "The people who described the contacts to Reuters said they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far..."

Why it matters: "The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators..."

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