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9 People in Trump's World Have Had Contacts With Russians

9 People in Trump's World Have Had Contacts With Russians
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By    |   Monday, 06 November 2017 11:59 AM

Last week's revelations bring to nine now the number of people in President Donald Trump's orbit who have had contact with Russians since the fall of 2015, The Washington Post reports.

Former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos' guilty plea for lying to the FBI, unsealed last week, surfaced another pawn in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia meddling.

And it brought to nine the known members of Trump's family, business or campaign who had touch points with Russians during the campaign or transition, the Post reported:

  • Donald Trump Jr.
  • Jared Kushner
  • Michael Cohen
  • Paul Manafort
  • George Papadopoulos
  • Jeff Sessions
  • Carter Page
  • Michael Flynn
  • J.D. Gordon

But it still begs the question whether the contacts — be it low level or the highest levels — rise to the level of a crime.

Manafort's indictment last week failed to connect any dots from Russians to Trump's team, despite Manafort being the president's campaign chairman.

"I think the American public can fully appreciate that those are isolated, obviously disconnected events, quite small in number for a presidential campaign,” White House lawyer Ty Cobb told the Post.

That may be the case with Manafort, his top associate Rick Gates and Papadopoulos, but with more indictments expected — especially former national security adviser Michael Flynn — to be handed down, it's the fear of the unknown as to what exactly Mueller has uncovered.

"You've got some consistency here in terms of the Russian tradecraft," former 30-year CIA operative Steve Hall told the Post. "I just think there's way too much smoke out there for there to be absolutely no fire."

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Last week's revelations bring to nine now the number of people in President Donald Trump's orbit who have had contact with Russians since the fall of 2015, The Washington Post reports.
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