The New York Times reported on Tuesday – citing four current and former U.S. officials – that phone records as well as intercepted calls prove that members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and various other Trump associates had frequent contacts with senior Russian officials before the 2016 U.S. election. Also, two days after the election in November, the Times reported that Sergei A. Ryabkov, deputy Russian foreign minister, said “there were contacts” during the campaign between Russian officials and Mr. Trump’s team. Trump’s transition team denies Rybakov’s statements.
This is different from Trump’s Former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, talking to the Russian Ambassador to the United States while he was still a private citizen, thereby violating the law against private citizens engaging in diplomacy.
In addition, a CNN article that found that “high-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee Donald Trump were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to U.S. intelligence.” This raises more questions about the motivation behind Donald Trump’s cooperation with Russia. In light of ths, U.S. intelligence officials have been withholding certain intelligence from the White House. The President is now calling for a broad review of U.S. Intelligence agencies.