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>> Explosive reports linking aids close to Donald Trump with Russian spies raising new alarms about the level of Moscow's alleged meddling in the US presidential campaign. The New York Times late Tuesday night sighting four current and former US officials, that members of Trump's campaign and other associates, had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.
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CNN following up shortly with reports that high level Trump advisors were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to US intelligence. Both news outlets reporting US Intelligence Services were alarmed by the communications because they came while the FBI was investigating alleged Russian cyber attacks on Democratic party organizations.
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Suspicion Russian hackers may have tried to meddle in the election where already high during the Presidential campaign.>> From everything I see has no respect for this person.>> Well, 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, and swing the contest toward the Republican.
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Officials telling the New York Times, they have yet found no evidence of that sort of cooperation. CNN citing sources saying the communication between campaign staff and foreign government representatives is not unusual, but these stood out to investigators, because of their frequency and because of the high-level Trump staff involved.
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The reports likely to reopen wounds from the 2016 contest. Democrats still crying foul after FBI Director, James Comey, announced just days before the election that the bureau was reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Comie said nothing about any FBI probe of team Trump's contacts with Moscow.
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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort identified as one person in contact with Russian. Manafort denying knowingly speaking with any members of Russian intelligence. Just hours before the news broke Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer vehemently denying anyone on the Trump campaign had any sort of contact with Russian agents.
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>> I'm talking about during the campaign.>> I don't have any, there's nothing that would conclude me that anything different has changed with respect to that time period. The pressure coming after US national security advisor Michael Flynn resigned after admitting he had a potentially incriminating phone call with a Russian ambassador and may have misled both investigators and the White House about the nature of that call.