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U.S. Allies ‘Spotted’ Trump-Russia Meets

In a new report from The New York Times, three former U.S. officials say that American allies, specifically the British and the Dutch, provided information that described meetings between Russian officials and associates of Donald Trump in European cities during the 2016 presidential campaign. Additionally, the report contends U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted communications of Russian officials discussing contacts with Trump associates. The report also says Obama officials scrambled to share information about Russian contacts with Trump associates prior to Trump’s inauguration in order to prevent the new administration from destroying intelligence or obstructing inestigations. Additionally, over a half-dozen current and former officials said there were efforts to keep and distribute information in an attempt to ensure that there was a proper congressional investigation.