MSNBC: NYT Says Russian Officials Acknowledge Contacts with Trump Aides During Campaign
BRZEZINSKI: "Welcome back. President Donald Trump and his aides have repeatedly insisted that they have had no contact with Russian officials during 2016 presidential campaign. But according to 'The New York Times,' Russian officials have at least twice acknowledged contacts with Trump aides during the campaign. First, a Russian foreign minister that said two days after the election that his government had maintained contacts with Trump’s, quote, 'immediate entourage during the campaign.' Second, Russia's ambassador to Washington told 'The Washington Post' he had frequently communicated during the campaign with Michael Flynn who was a close Trump adviser at the time. 'The Times' notes that it’s not uncommon for campaigns to speak with foreign officials but adds that any contact between the Trump campaign and Russian officials would have occurred during the time American intelligence agencies believed the Russians were trying to disrupt the U.S. presidential election."