Reuters confirmed Thursday that the Trump campaign had corresponded at least 18 times with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, bringing the total amount of confirmed contacts to 22.
Trump met Kislyak, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House last week..
On Feb. 14, Trump allegedly asked former FBI director James Comey during a private meeting to drop the bureau's investigation into Flynn.
These newly revealed conversations happened between April and November of 2016, at the same time the world was learning of Russian efforts to intervene in the USA election on Donald Trump's behalf.
On Feb. 13, Flynn was finally dismissed from his position as national security adviser after reports revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the substance of his communications with Kislyak in December 2016. After Comey's firing, Democrats called for an independent investigation, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein answered the call by appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the probe that was originally overseen by Comey. But the news agency pointed out that the disclosure could likely increase the pressure on Trump and his aides to provide the FBI and congressional investigations with a full account of interactions with Russian officials and others with links to Moscow during and after the 2016 election, something the Trump administration has been reluctant to do.
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In a sign that the controversy over Russian Federation had reached a new phase, several White House officials were said to have... Mueller will head the FBI investigation that began last July.
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. Putin is godfather to Medvedchuk's daughter.
In this February 10, 2017, file photo, then-national security adviser Michael Flynn sits in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
In the conversations during the campaign, Russian officials emphasised a pragmatic, business-style approach and stressed to Trump associates that they could make deals by focusing on common economic and other interests and leaving contentious issues aside, the sources said. Six of these calls were with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
On the other hand, the number of actual, documented contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation is growing even faster.
"They got so close during the campaign", an anonymous White House official told The Atlantic.