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Top Intel Lawmaker: There Were a Lot Of Contacts Between Trump Camp And Russians

The House Intelligence Committee has “seen a lot of contact” between President Trump’s campaign and Russia during the course of its investigation, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) said Sunday.

“We’ve seen a lot of contact with Russian,” Himes told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’. “We’ve seen a desire to work with the Russians, a desire to contact the Russians,” he added, according to The Hill.

“The question is — was there some form — and it is a question, I don’t want to prejudice the outcome — was there cooperation?”

Himes, who sits on the House Intelligence panel investigating the Russia’s election meddling and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff and the Kremlin, said it matters if there was “follow up” between Donald Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“So the question before us now is what happened afterward. Was there follow up?” Himes said.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the committee, said Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about his conversation with the president about the meeting with the Russian lawyer. Trump Jr. invoked attorney-client privilege, Schiff said.

To be clear, neither Trump is a lawyer. Trump Jr., however, asserted attorney-client privilege for the father-son conversation based on the fact, he says, there was a lawyer in the room at the time.

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