Trump Team Had Over 100 Contacts With Russia-Linked Officials, Says Think Tank

Donald Trump’s campaign and transition teams had more than 100 contacts with Russian-linked officials, a new report has found. The findings come from the liberal think-tank the Center for American Progress and its investigative unit known as the Moscow Project. “This wasn’t just one email or call, or one this or that,” said Talia Dessel, a research analyst for the organization. “Over 100 contacts is really significant because you don’t just have 100 contacts with a foreign power if there’s nothing going on there.” Dessel says the group’s list of contacts is “conservative” and the “very minimum amount of contacts” between Russian-linked officials and the Trump campaign and transition teams. The report names those who had contact with Russia-linked officials, including Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, Donald Trump Jr., Jeff Sessions, Carter Page, Michael Flynn, Anthony Scaramucci, and Ivanka Trump. Morgan Finkelstein, a spokeswoman for the Center for American Progress and the Moscow Project, said: “There’s so much to explore but we’ve identified a pretty clear roadmap.”