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From: holland55 (Rep: 2569)Date: 05/18/2017 23:17
Forum: New Political Forum - Msg #6484Thread #673928260 (Rec: 1)
Donald Trump campaign repeatedly met with Russia to set up secret communications channel, report reveals

(The Independent, May 18, 2017)

Donald Trump campaign repeatedly met with Russia to set up secret communications channel, report reveals

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Donald Trump's campaign made contact with Russia at least 18 times during his presidential race, according to a new report.

The interactions had previously been kept secret by the campaign but are now being reviewed as part of the FBI and congressional investigation into Trump's relationship with Russia.

Conversations between members of Trump's team and high-ranking officials including setting up a special backchannel for communications between the President and Putin, Reuters reported. That would allow the two talk without involving US national security officials.

Such discussions accelerated after Donald Trump won the election, in November.

The 18 calls and electronic messages took place between April and November 2016 as hackers engaged in what US intelligence concluded in January was part of a Kremlin campaign to discredit the vote and influence the outcome of the election in favour of Trump over his Democratic challenger, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

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Those discussions focused on mending US-Russian economic relations strained by sanctions imposed on Moscow, cooperating in fighting Islamic State in Syria and containing a more assertive China, the sources said.

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