Russian Diplomat’s Admission of Contact with Trump’s Entourage Could Reopen Probe

by Leslie Salzillo – A senior Russian diplomat, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov, told Interfax news there was contact with Donald Trump’s team. “This could reopen scrutiny of the Kremlin’s role in the president-elect’s bitter race against Hillary Clinton,” claims the Washington Post. On Friday, WaPo quoted Rybakov in their story. “Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage,” Ryabkov said. “We have just begun to consider ways of building dialogue with the future Donald Trump administration and channels we will be using for those purposes,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying. Of course, Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks immediately denied Ryabkov’s allegation and said the campaign had “no contact with Russian officials” before this week’s Election Day. Really? No contact?  Ryabkov’s statement does not come as a great surprise and some U.S. officials have believed the Kremlin sought to influence the 2016 elections “in unprecedented ways.” Washington, for instance, accused the Kremlin of orchestrating hacks into the Democratic National Committee and the emails of...

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