If you missed it, Reuters just released a report which clearly illustrates collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government:
“Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.
The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Sergei Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, and Trump advisers, including Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, three current and former officials said.”
Further into to the Reuters report, it is noted that Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak became more frequent after November 8th, as both men discussed creating diplomatic “back channels” for communication between Trump and Putin, meaning they would have been able to bypass U.S. national security bureaucracy, something both sides felt was hostile to improved relations.
“In addition to the six phone calls involving Kislyak, the communications described to Reuters involved another 12 calls, emails or text messages between Russian officials or people considered to be close to Putin and Trump campaign advisers.”
Now, it should be noted that some political campaign veterans have suggested that it’s not all that unusual for some contact to take place between candidates and foreign states, but the number of interactions between Trump’s campaign and Russia was “exceptional.”
According to Richard Armitage, a Republican and former deputy secretary of state, “It’s rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power.”
Although Reuter’s sources claim they haven’t found any direct evidence (yet!) of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the report reveals that, if nothing else, the Trump administration has lied yet again about what took place. And clearly they wanted to hide these conversations from the public for some reason. Per a Russian spokesperson, “We do not comment on our daily contacts with the local interlocutors,” so perhaps the Trump administration has simply been following suit.