A former adviser to the U.S. President for national security Michael Flynn and other members of the electoral headquarters of the current us leader Donald trump was in contact with Russian officials and others linked with the Kremlin by persons at least 18 times in the last seven months of the presidential race of 2016. We are talking about calls and letters.
Reuters said current and former US officials familiar with the episodes of information exchange. According to the Agency, not previously reflects data on contacts are part of the report, which is now reviewed by the FBI and congressional investigating Russia’s intervention in the presidential elections in the United States and contacts between the representatives of the electoral headquarters of the trump and the Russian authorities.
Six of the previously mentioned contacts, reported Reuters, was a phone call between Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak and trump’s advisers, including Flynn, said three current and former officials.
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Conversation between Flynn and Kislyak became more frequent after the elections of November 8, when they discussed the establishment of a feedback channel between trump and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to bypass the “bureaucracy of the national security of the United States, which both parties considered hostile to better relations”, said the four existing American officials.
With a team of trump contacted the godfather of Putin
12 contacts took place between the Russian officials or people who were considered close to Putin, and advisors from the headquarters trump, Reuters reports. One of them was a Ukrainian businessman and politician, the godfather of Putin (Russian President baptized the daughter of a businessman Darya. – Approx. NEWSru.com) Viktor Medvedchuk, said the three sources of Agency familiar with the situation.
According to interlocutors, it is unknown with whom Medvedchuk contact the team trump. At the same time, sources said that the sides discussed cooperation between the US and Russia.
He Medvedchuk denies any contacts with the staff of the headquarters of the trump. “I don’t know any of the inner circle of Donald trump, so this conversation could not be”, – the businessman told Reuters in an email.
The sources did not see the violations described their contacts
However, Reuters sources stated that it did not see a violation or conspiracy between the team of trump and Russia are considered to date. However, revealed the facts can increase the pressure on trump and his assistants to provide the FBI and the Congress a full report on the interaction with Russian officials and others linked with the Kremlin faces during and immediately after the election of 2016.
18 calls and emails are dated from April to November 2016, that is when the hackers realized what the conclusion of us intelligence in January of 2017, was part of a Kremlin campaign to discredit the electoral process in the United States and influence the outcome of the elections to win trump over his rival Democrat Hillary Clinton.
In the course of these contacts focused on the normalization of economic relations between Russia and the US, aggravated due to the introduction of sanctions against Moscow, cooperation in the fight against banned terrorist group “Islamic state” in Syria* and the containment of more aggressive China, said sources to Reuters.
The white house did not respond to a Reuters request for comment. Lawyer Flynn declined to comment on the report of the Agency. The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry in Moscow did not comment and referred Reuters to the administration trump. Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Washington said: “We do not comment on our daily contacts with local interlocutors”.
In early April, the Washington Post reported on the attempt to organize an informal channel of communication between trump and Putin before his inauguration billionaire. As wrote the edition, to this end, the United Arab Emirates 11 Jan organized a meeting of the founder of the us private security company Blackwater Erik Prince is connected with advisers trump, with the Russians close to the President of the Russian Federation.
In early March, the White house acknowledgedthat before the inauguration of the trump Kislyak met not only Flynn, but also the son of a US President and now his senior Advisor Jared Kushner. The communication took place in December last year and lasted about 20 minutes.
Then the newspaper USA Today has named two people from the current team President of the USA, who communicated with the Russian Ambassador, – the advisers of the electoral headquarters of the trump Jeffrey Gordon and Carter page. The interview took place at the national Republican Convention in Cleveland in July of last year. Gordon in conversation with the newspaper called it a “informal conversation”.
In addition, the US attorney General Jeff sessions has confirmed recent media information about the fact that he met with Kislyak in July and September last year, when he was a Senator from Alabama, member of Senate Committee on armed forces and Advisor to trump on foreign policy.
Flynn in mid-February, was dismissed from his post of adviser to the US President on national security scandal. In December, Flynn during negotiations Kislyak discussed the issue of anti-Russian sanctionsimposed by the Obama administration late last year. The media then reported that Flynn allegedly gave the Kremlin a signal that Moscow can count on the easing of restrictive measures.
Sam Flynn at first categorically denied that in conversations with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation has raised the subject of sanctions, but later his press Secretary explained that the adviser to trump “not remember the fact that the discussion of sanctions, but can’t be sure that this subject never came up in conversations”. On the evening of 13 February, trump accepted the resignation of Flynn. In a statement, the White house said about the loss of confidence in the President to the officials.
That American intelligence is conducting a major investigation into alleged links associates trump with Russian officials, the press reported the day of the inauguration of the trump. A few days later it turned outthat the audit was conducted, particularly in relation to Flynn.
*Islamic state (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.