Revealed: Trump Campaign Had At Least 18 Undisclosed Contacts With Russian Officials
Several advisers to President Trump’s campaign, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russian officials, Reuters reported Thursday.
Citing current and former officials, Reuters revealed that of the 18 undisclosed contacts, six were phone calls between Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
The calls and messages happened between April 2016 and November 2016, according to Reuters. Officials said Flynn talked with Kislyak ahead of the president’s inauguration about creating a back channel for communication between Trump and Russia.
The report comes after the Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigation Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election.
Democrats had clamored for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor in the wake of reports that fired FBI Director James Comey penned a memo documenting a request from Trump that he “let go” of the investigation into Flynn.
Rosenstein is overseeing the Russia probe after the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who stepped aside over his failure to disclose conversations with Kislyak while the former Alabama senator was acting as a surrogate for Trump’s campaign.
Trump has many times dismissed the investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia. The White House in January said it had not had any contacts with the Russians.
Trump tweeted on Thursday morning that the Russian investigation is “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”