Reports are surfacing that former national security adviser Michael Flynn and other Trump campaign advisers had participated in at least 18 undisclosed phone calls and emails with Russian officials during the last seven months before the presidential election took place.
According to Reuters, which cited “unnamed current and former officials,” six of the 18 undisclosed contacts, which reportedly took place between April 2016 and November 2016, were phone calls between Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and advisers to Trump. They allegedly spoke about improving the U.S.-Russia economic relations and fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The anonymous officials claim that “Flynn talked with Kislyak ahead of the president’s inauguration about creating a back channel for communication between Trump and Russia,” but they added that they “had no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
This information came to light after the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigation Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election on Wednesday.
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