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Four current and former U.S. officials confirmed Trump's election aides and associates in the year leading up to the election had "repeated contacts" with Russian intelligence officials and other Russian government officials, the NYT reports. The investigation includes banking and travel records and interviews.

Timing: American intelligence officials intercepted these communications around the same time as they found evidence Russia was hacking the Democratic National Committee. (Note these are different from the calls between Trump's former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and the Russian Ambassador to the U.S.)

The caveat: However, the officials said they see no evidence of cooperation between Trump's campaign aides and Russian hacking.

Who's involved? Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe is ongoing, the officials did not disclose the identity of those implicated — except Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman. Tuesday Manafort said: "I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers."

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The Democratic chairs of the House Oversight and House Foreign Affairs committees announced subpoenas Monday for four State Department officials as part of their investigation into the firing of former Inspector General Steve Linick.

Why it matters: The two committees, in addition to Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are investigating whether Linick was fired because he was probing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the State Department's attempts to bypass Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.