Multiple news outlets have tonight reported that U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies had obtained phone records and intercepted calls that showed Trump associates and campaign aides repeatedly talking to Russian officials in the year before the election.
The agencies have stated that it was the frequency with which the contacts occurred as well as the level of the Trump aids involved that concerned them.
Though they have not made clear what they was discussed or whether they were actively colluding to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton U.S. investigators have reported that Russian officials were bragging about their special access to Trump.
|Paul Manafort and former adviser Michael Flynn|
It was also revealed that both Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the extensive contact between the Russian operatives and the Trump aides during the campaign.
This report comes in the wake of Trump's National Security advisor Gen. Michael Flynn's resignation on Monday night after evidence revealed up that he’d had discussions with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in which they discussed Sanctions placed on Russia for interfering in our US elections.
The stunning revelation directly contradicts several public statements made by top Trump administration officials including Vice President Pence, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer .
Trump himself had also denied these interactions when NBC News on Jan. 11th asked him if any of his staff were in contact with Russian officials during the campaign and he replied “No.”