Trump campaign had at least 18 contacts with Russians

Donald Trump's former nat sec adviser Michael Flynn, whom POTUS misses deeply, was considered an ally by Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, CNN reported Friday night.

USA stocks futures were under renewed pressure in early trading Thursday, while European markets extended heavy losses, after a report from Reuters said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and others in Donald Trump's Presidential campaign had extensive contacts with Russian officials.

Flynn resigned on February 13 after it was revealed he had misled the Vice President and other Trump administration officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn and Kislyak allegedly discussed creating a back channel for Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to have talks that could bypass USA national security bureaucracy. The sources cited in the Times report note that Flynn notified the Trump transition team about a month after he himself learned he was under investigation.

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The conversations picked up by United States intelligence officials indicated the Russians regarded Flynn as an ally, sources said. McGahn is now the White House counsel. His lawyer said on Thursday that Flynn had not yet decided how to respond.

In Moscow, a Russian foreign ministry official declined to comment on the contacts and referred Reuters to the Trump administration. However and much like Trump's request for then-FBI Director James Comey to kill the investigation into Flynn's Russian ties (because he's a "good guy"), this news carries a whiff of possible obstruction of justice.

Six of the 18 contacts were between Kislyak and Trump advisers, including Flynn, according to three current and former officials. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

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Medvedchuk, in a email response to Reuters, said, "I am not acquainted with any of Donald Trump's close associates, therefore no such conversation could have taken place". "We still have to know more ... about how Russian Federation corrupted our democracy", he said.

One of the biggest mysteries of the ongoing scandal concerning the Trump administration and the Russians is why, exactly, Trump has shown such unwavering loyalty to Michael Flynn. The White House eventually admitted that Flynn did have 4 conversations with Kislyak, unknown to the head of the transition team, Vice President Mike Pence.

Now the retired US Army lieutenant general is at the heart of fresh controversy, with intelligence sources claiming Russian officials believed they had developed a strong relationship with Mr Flynn.

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