Donald Trump campaign managers made contact with Russia at least 18 times during the presidential race.
Initially, these conversations had been kept a secret but now being reviewed as part of the FBI and congressional investigation. The calls and messages took place between April and November 2016 and hackers came out with proof that Kremlin was part of the campaign to influence the outcome of the election in favour of Trump.
In January 2016, the White House denied any connection with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. However, the White House and the advisers to the campaign later admitted to meeting Russian officials four times. The meetings took place between Sergey Kislyak, Russian Ambassador to the US, and Trump advisers during the campaign.
Further conversations took place between members of Trump's team and high-ranking Russian officials to set up a special back channel for communication between Trump and Putin without involving US national security officials.
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