Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of the campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, The New York Times reports, citing four current and former U.S. officials.
The intercepted calls are different from the wiretapped conversations last year between Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, and Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States. In those calls, which led to Flynn’s resignation on Monday night, the two men discussed sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russia in December.
The cases are part of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies’ routine electronic surveillance of the communications of foreign officials, says the Times.
Breitbart, which was formerly run by chief Trump strategist Steve Bannon, is running a response to the Times article titled "New York Times accuses, then exonerates Trump aides in Russia claims.”