Trump Campaign Said To Have 18 Previously Undisclosed Russia Contacts: Reuters

Tyler Durden's picture

Just when it seemed that Trump was about to put the Russian allegations in the rearview mirror, if only for the time being, thanks to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller tasked with overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, this morning Reuters reported citing "familiar sources" that "Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race." Specifically, the 18 calls and electronic messages took place between April and November 2016, a period that is already in the public domain as being the focus of ongoing investigations, focusing on Flynn and Trump's ex-advisor Paul Manafort.

According to the Reuters sources, "in the conversations during the campaign, Russian officials emphasized a pragmatic, business-style approach and stressed to Trump associates that they could make deals by focussing on common economic and other interests and leaving contentious issues aside"

On the surface the story is a recap of what is already known: as Reuters itself points out inside the report, these previously undisclosed interactions "form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators" which has now culminated with the appointment of a special counsel: one way or another, if Trump indeed colluded with Russia, as the daily barrage of media reports suggests, we will know shortly.

Furthermore, as Reuters also explicitly states, the sources "had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far", something which various FBI personnel have confirmed on more than one occasions under oath. 

However, it's a Russia story, it has details, it names Trump (and it's not from the WaPo or NYT) so as one would expect, early traders were transfixed by it, and have sent risk sliding to session lows.

Here are some more details from Reuters:

Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Kislyak and Trump advisers, including Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, three current and former officials said. Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the Nov. 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current U.S. officials said.

Furthermore, Reuters also notes that while "contact with foreign officials during a campaign was not unusual, the number of interactions between Trump aides and Russian officials and others with links to Putin was exceptional."

“It’s rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power,” Richard Armitage, a Republican and former deputy secretary of state, told Reuters.

Reuters adds that these "discussions focused on mending U.S.-Russian economic relations strained by sanctions imposed on Moscow, cooperating in fighting Islamic State in Syria and containing a more assertive China." Some further details:

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. One of those contacts was by Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian oligarch and politician, according to one person with detailed knowledge of the exchange and two others familiar with the issue.


It was not clear with whom Medvedchuk was in contact within the Trump campaign but the themes included U.S.-Russia cooperation, the sources said. Putin is godfather to Medvedchuk’s daughter. Medvedchuk denied having any contact with anyone in the Trump campaign.


"I am not acquainted with any of Donald Trump's close associates, therefore no such conversation could have taken place," he said in an email to Reuters.

Beyond Medvedchuk and Kislyak, the identities of the other Putin-linked participants in the contacts remain classified and the names of Trump advisers other than Flynn have been “masked” in intelligence reports on the contacts because of legal protections on their privacy as American citizens. However, officials can request that they be revealed for intelligence purposes.

On the Ukraine angle, it is likely that Medvedchuk communications took place with Paul Manafort, who was fired by Trump long ago. As for Flynn, who is the only campaign individual "unmasked" as part of the revelations, he too was sacked by Trump just three weeks into Trump's administration.

At its core, the Reuters report is a recap of what is already known, while putting some numbers to already known communications between the Trump campaign and various Russian individuals. As to whether this is a smoking gun, the good news is that with Mueller now supervising the probe, an answer will be provided in the not too distant future.

Expect an imminent response from the White House as well as something from Trump himself, who has been surprisingly quiet on Twitter over the past 24 hours.

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Uncle Tupelo's picture

It looks like I picked the wrong day to give up sniffing glue....

nmewn's picture

lol...eighteen contacts with sadistic Russian pedophiles...they left out the sadistic pedophile part. 

Wonder why? ;-)

VinceFostersGhost's picture



The Deep State is on meth.....and all vacations have been cancelled.


......that is all.

nmewn's picture

Peeing prostitutes bouncing on beds and Vermonts power grid hacked by Russians! they'll be saying Trump revealed top secret classified intel to the Russians while in a room full of of whom is his National Security Advisor. Oh, wait...LMMFAO!!!

You do realize we are witnessing the final death rattle of the legacy Alinsky media right? 

And I'm really enjoying it ;-)

BorisTheBlade's picture

Smoking gun! Irrefutable evidence of collusion! Trump visited Russian websites!

In other news: Researchers study theory that an extremely potent and virulent strain of weaponized retardation infected mainstream media, first found in Ukraine.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

The word 'Russia' entered his thoughts for several milliseconds on an occasion last September!!! 

Firing squad at dawn! 


They've doubled-down to avoid embarrassment again and again... and the embarrasment has just exponentially grown.  

Time's up fuckers... you've reached the table limit.  You have lost. 



SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Why did the media have no problem when Dick Cheneys Halliburton got caught doing business with Iran while they were on sanctions? They get a little selective when trying to destroy someone.

Pinto Currency's picture

It all started with Soros funded co. Crowdstrike claiming Russia hacked DNC computers.

Now we find out it was really DNC employee Seth Rich who sent 42,000 e-mails to wikileaks - and then he was murdered. Nothing on that from Reuters. Why is Reuters not curious about Crowdstrike?

This article is pathetic.

JRobby's picture

More manufactured leaks from "sources close to the situation" (nameless assholes) reported by the globalist tool Reuters (they sell crappy tax prep software too btw)

This can go on indefinitely which means it will.

nmewn's picture

The fact they still think themselves relevant only points to their derangement. We pass crazy people screaming on street corners everyday, these are no different.

So we will never hear them utter the words "Will you accept the results of the election?" ever again. They won't be discussing Vermonts power grid, peeing prostitutes or Melania's escort service either. 

Or the two YUUUGE class action lawsuits filed against the DNC by Bernie supporters or Hillary trying to intimidate the prime minister of Bangladesh, because, its simply not in the deranged Alinsky narrative ;-)

meta-trader's picture

she was a waitress in a cocktail bar now she owns a jet...

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

Newsflash: Trump leaked recipe for most beautiful chocolate cake to the Russians!

Arnold's picture

I am reading "Use Enough Gun" by Robert Ruark.

Put another bullet into it.
Nothing kills you quicker than a 'dead' lion.

MalteseFalcon's picture

"“It’s rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power,” Richard Armitage, a Republican and former deputy secretary of state, told Reuters."

Why assume that? 

Trump was (is?) trying to turn the page on Russia.

Just like Obama and Hillary Rodent tried and failed.


Troy Ounce's picture


Thats right. These fuckers have a hidden agenda.

Since when is Russia a hostile power to the US? Since Hillary lost the elections and therefore needed a scapegoat.

Or perhaps since Trump is going after ISIS while the Deep State is arming ISIS to get rid of Asad and Iran under the guidance of Israel.

Funny, we all know now. 10 years ago we would not.


caconhma's picture

Tomorrow will be something new to accuse the Trump's administration since it is utterly incompetent and arrogant.

Consequently, the ruling elite will conclude that enough is enough with Trump since at any moment the entire situation can easily go out off control al together.

meditate_vigorously's picture

Can someone point to me the statute or constitutional clause that makes it illegal to talk to Russians? We wouldn't even be a country if not for Russian threats deterring the Continent from having a free for all on us.

doctor10's picture

waiting to hear how many times Hanoi John emailed many times did

O' Bammy boy contact the rooskies...before he was ever elected....


How manyUranium business emails occurred between Hillary!!! and the rooskies.....





Kidbuck's picture

The critics of the Trump camp talking to Russia are the same ass holes who previously complained Trump had no international experience.

caconhma's picture

He does not. His changing standings on NATO, Russia, China, and North Korea are just few examples.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

So I bet Trump resigns before four years is out.  

He won't get kicked out of office, and unless he is declaired mentally incompetant by Pence and 2/3rds of his cabinet, the only two ways he leaves office before his term is over is if he resigns and ... yeah. 

Would anxiously await Alex Jones' epic meltdown then thereafter. AJ once was a critial voice in a sea of circle-jerking.  Now the guy just loves Trump and has turned into a new Hannity. 


VinceFostersGhost's picture



Be might be next.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Next for what? 

I comment on the way I see the world.  If you think its crap, that is fine.  We're all adults who have different opinions.  

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Next for what? 


Whatever we can pin on you.....doesn't have to be true.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

So you're sore as I am looking at the narrative being built knowing the deep state wants D. Trump out? 

Seems a bit silly if you ask me. 

Global Hunter's picture

I didn't downvote you Haus but I feel you are being overly pessimistic.  IMO the mainstream media is acting very desperately because they are desperate.  They and the libtards are just throwing as much shit as they can to distract and hope something sticks.  They are destroying their own reputations as news organizations because they have no other choice.  They are burning the candle at both ends.  I think in 3 years they'll still be throwing shit and Trump will still be POTUS. 

Nick Jihad's picture

Yeah. People forget that the same shit went on during the Bush admin.  Scooter Libby got railroaded all the way to jail!  Eight years of Obama, the affirmative-action President, have given people a wierd perspective.

Rodders75's picture

Please just go after these arseholes on the Seth Rich murder & cover up, pay to play, emails and pedo/nonces. I don't want my kids to die in some dumb fuck war. 

allamerican's picture

where's sally?  special counsel on trump / flynn.  yates walking bullseye, better yet walkin dead.

yea, then there's seth. 

trump going to zip it twtr.  this is good.

milo_hoffman's picture

Anyone who is against the establishment and traitorous media whores should support Trump.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Global Hunter's picture

18 calls or emails over a 7 month period?  Seriously? 

zzzzzz more fake news. 

("had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far.")

nmewn's picture

Maxine & Hillary found the emails on Comey's night stand, under his memos, that he was using for a coaster to keep water rings from forming on his furniture.

I mean, I gotta say, thats some crack investigative work right there!

NoWayJose's picture

And most were not made while the 'players' were officially on the Trump team!

Global Hunter's picture

I didn't even see that point, if it was in article I must have skimmed over it but that makes it even more ridiculous.

BTW I have some memos I wrote about you and nmewn that should hold up in a court of law if I ever have any trouble with yous. 

nmewn's picture

llol...I hear ya.

That is the level of stupidity we're at...Comey lists (quite competently I might add) all the felonious crimes Hillary is guilty of...before a non-referral for prosecution...yet we are to place exponential trust in anything he may or may not have scribbled down on a note pad damning her political opponent.

Yes, yes...yes of course, no way Comey isn't

Sky flyer's picture

That would explain the sudden drop in the last hour of futures, usd/yen and oil falling off a cliff. CNN will be running around the studios like their hair is on fire soon.

Omega_Man's picture

I know Russian people... so what?


this is crazy.... Trump must should down all jew run media... this is fucking ridiculous.... 

drchris's picture

Text messages are now "contacts". Also buried in the article is "no evidence of wrongdoing". The authors are banking on poor reading comprehension with this one.

JRobby's picture

Only on this one?

You should see first hand what our "education system" turns out these days.

FoggyWorld's picture

Who declared that Russia is an adversary?

Global Hunter's picture

The same people who declared war on the white male patriarchy.  Same people who push a homosexual and transgendered agenda on our children in the school (well not my children they go to a school that beleives in marriage between a man and a woman). 

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I've got a crush on Anna Chapman......she's Russian.......and I don't care.

koaj's picture

Talking is better than sending kids to die "protecting our freedoms"

Malkavian's picture

18 more?  I'm calling my senator, this cannot stand.  Lol, who gives a shit. 

jamesmmu's picture

FYI, DOW futures down 100pts! yeah!!

Omega_Man's picture

Trump needs to start a campaign on the side that says Russia is ok... and make people it's cool to like Russia to counter the jew media .. he also needs to restrict jew fake news by pulling their licenses


gentiles need more control of brainwashing media in usa