CALIFORNIA — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald L. Trump’s 2016 presidential advertising campaign and other Trump co-workers had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence representatives in the year before the election, according to four current and past American officials.
American rules enforcement and intelligence companies intercepted the communications about the same time they were discovering evidence that The USSR was trying to disturb the presidential election by hacking in the Democratic State Committee, three of the officials said. The brains agencies then sought to learn if the Trump marketing campaign was colluding with the Russians on the cracking or other efforts to influence the election.
The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, until now, they had seen no proof of such assistance.
But the intercepts concerned American intelligence and rules enforcement agencies, in part due to the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point previous summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had taken Hillary Clinton’s emails and tend to make them public.
Paul Cohen 1 hour before
The timing of the telephone calls made by Donald’s staff (or possibly Jesse himself) coinciding with the FBI’s initial discovery of Russia’s…
Bos 1 hour ago
This appears to be treasonous but it is almost an open secret, the sole nutty conspiracy that is valid but the alt-right has been mum about it….
Ricky Barnacle one particular hour ago
The republicans got us all rope-a-doped by the Russians big time. This mess is stunning in the range — can you think of the outrage had…
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The officials said the intercepted communications were not restricted to Overcome campaign officials and included other associates of Mister. Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts included as well members of the government away from the intelligence services, someone said. All of the current and former officials chatted on the health of anonymity because the ongoing investigation is classified.