The FBI are investigating previously undisclosed information that allegedly confirms contact between the President’s campaign team and Moscow.
Sources claim that individuals connected with the Trump campaign may have been co-ordinating with the Russians as far back as April 2016, seven months before the Presidential election.
The FBI are investigating Donald Trump's campaign team regarding links to Russia
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A former US Government official remarked it was possible see the hallmarks throughout, including the conversations picked up by electronic intercepts. Some of the contacts appear to be business related or innocuous.
FBI investigators reportedly discovered multiple contacts that are a cause for concern including Paul Manafort, former Trump Campaign Chairman, Carter Page, former Foreign Policy Advisor and Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor.
Mr Flynn, a retired general, is under scrutiny in multiple federal investigations into financial links to foreign governments and whether he helped Russia interfere in the presidential election.
Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, has now been appointed as special counsel to oversee the inquiry into links between Mr Trump’s election campaign and Russia.
The former FBI director was sacked by Trump amid claims he told him to halt his invesigation
Mr Trump said in a statement on Wednesday night that “a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.”
He added that the whole debacle is a “with hunt” and described calls for impeachment by the Democrats as “ridiculous”.
Pence promised in January that there had been no contact with Russia during the election campaign
In January, Vice President Mike Pence denied the notion that anyone had been in contact with Russian officials during the Presidential campaign.
He said: “Of course not, I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumours that have swirled around the candidacy.”
US intelligence services have concluded that Russian hackers attempted to influence the Presidential election campaign to discredit Hillary Clinton and affect the result.