Over the last several months, leaks have revealed that the Trump campaign had numerous contacts with Russia prior to the election and immediately after. Meetings with Sergei Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, are what sparked the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in February. The White House eventually admitted that Flynn did have 4 conversations with Kislyak, unknown to the head of the transition team, Vice President Mike Pence.
As bad news continues to strike at the Trump administration, Reuters broke a story just minutes ago that there are now at least 18 separate known contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, before and immediately after the election, prior to Trump taking office.
These contacts include telephone conversations, emails and text messages, taking place between April and November 2016, just as Russian hackers were beginning to infiltrate the servers of the DNC as well as launch a disinformation campaign via social media.
Reports also now seem to confirm that multiple conversations between Flynn and Kislyak took place, where they discussed ways in which they could set up a direct back channel between Trump and Putin in order to avoid the ‘hostile’ U.S. national security bureaucracy.
While many of these conversations were related to matters which do not seem suspicious on the surface, such as working together to defeat ISIS, creating stronger economic ties between both nations and containing China’s expanding reach, the vast number of these undisclosed contacts should send shivers down the spines of any patriot.
The questions that must be asked now are: Who were the other campaign officials also communicating via phone, text and email with the Russians prior to inauguration, and why were they looking to set up a way to communicate with Putin without anyone else knowing? Also, how is it possible that Mike Pence, the head of the transition team, would not have a clue that multiple members of his team were in contact with Russia so many times?