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May182017

Report: Trump Campaign Had 18 Contracts with Russia

Advisers to President Trump's campaign reportedly had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russian officials and those with ties to Moscow.

Reuters reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn, along with other advisers to Trump, had contact with Russians in at least 18 calls or emails during the last seven months of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Of the 18 undisclosed contacts, six were phone calls between Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and advisers to Trump, Reuters reported, citing current and former officials.

The calls and messages happened between April 2016 and November 2016, according to Reuters. The communications covered issues such as improving the U.S.-Russia economic relations and fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Officials said Flynn talked with Kislyak ahead of the president's inauguration about creating a back channel for communication between Trump and Russia.

Officials said they had no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The report comes after the Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigation Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

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