CLAIM: Trump Team in Contact With Russians Well Before Election

A breaking new report from The New York Times accuses Donald Trump’s team of communicating with Russian intelligence officials over the course of the year leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Citing its sources are interviews with four “current and former American officials,” the news organization claims there are a plethora of phone call records proving “members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.”

The New York Times goes as far as to say that dialogue in the intercepted phone calls between the Trump campaign members and Russian officials involved Russia’s “special access to Trump.”

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The Kremlin was quick to respond to the accusation on Wednesday, stating these claims are unverified and noting the sources were listed as anonymous. “Let’s not believe anonymous information,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “It’s a newspaper report which is not based on any facts.”

According to The Times’ report, one of the individuals who was allegedly in contact with Russian officials was former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Manafort, like the Kremlin, is denying these allegations.

EDITORS NOTE:  The New York Times has a history of reporting biased stories against Trump that pan out to be misleading and false.

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