Top campaign aides to Donald Trump were in communication with Russian intelligence officials both before and during the U.S. presidential campaign, according to reports from the New York Times and CNN, citing current and former U.S. officials. Zachary Goelman reports
(VARIOUS) – Explosive reports linking aides close to Donald Trump with Russian spies raising new alarms about the level of Moscow’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign.
The New York Times late Tuesday night citing four current and former U.S. officials that members of Trump’s campaign and other associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.
CNN following up shortly with reports that high-level Trump advisers were in in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to U.S. intelligence.
Both news outlets reporting U.S. intelligence sources were alarmed by the communications because they came while the FBI was investigating alleged Russian cyberattacks on Democratic Party organizations.
Suspicion Russian hackers may have tried to meddle in the election were already high during the presidential campaign.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying:
Trump: From everything I’ve seen, Putin has no respect for this person
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying:
Clinton: ‘That’s because he’d rather have a puppet’
Tuesday’s bombshell revelations underscoring the yet-unanswered question of whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow in an effort to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign and swing the contest toward the Republican.
Officials telling the New York Times they have yet found no evidence of that sort of cooperation.