According to a new report this morning from Reuters, there were at least 18 separate contacts between Trump’s team and Russian officials in the seven months leading up to Election Day on November 8, 2016. The various contacts consisted of both emails and phone calls.

Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Kislyak and Trump advisers, including Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, three current and former officials said.

Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the Nov. 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current U.S. officials said.

In January, the Trump White House initially denied any contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. The White House and advisers to the campaign have since confirmed four meetings between Kislyak and Trump advisers during that time.
Read about it here at Reuters, aka, Fake News.

Last night former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate the Trump regime’s possible collusion with foreign governments in the lead up to the 2016 election. Mueller will also be presumably looking at any possibility of charges against Trump for obstruction of justice for firing Sally Yates, Preet Bharara, and James Comey.

President Trump didn’t learn about Mueller’s appointment until just 30 minutes before it was announced publicly. And in the New York Times (Fake News) minute-by-minute account of how Trump learned about it, Jared Kushner was the lone voice inside the Oval Office urging Trump to go on the offensive:

Most of those gathered recommended that the president adopt a conciliatory stance, and release a statement accepting Mr. Rosenstein’s decision and embracing a swift investigation that would clear the cloud of suspicion hovering over the West Wing.

Mr. Kushner — who had urged Mr. Trump to fire James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director — was one of the few dissenting voices, urging the president to counterattack, according to two senior administration officials. After a brief discussion, however, calmer heads prevailed.

Michael Flynn told the Trump team that he was under federal investigation on January 4th, weeks before President Trump was sworn in on January 20, 2017. This directly contradicts everything that the Trump White House has said about how they learned about Flynn’s possible acts of treason.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Flynn’s disclosure, on Jan. 4, was first made to the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel. That conversation, and another one two days later between Mr. Flynn’s lawyer and transition lawyers, shows that the Trump team knew about the investigation of Mr. Flynn far earlier than has been previously reported.

And speaking of Flynn, it has become increasingly clear that not only did the Trump regime know Michael Flynn was under investigation, but that Flynn was influencing American foreign policy while taking money from foreign governments:

One of the Trump administration’s first decisions about the fight against the Islamic State was made by Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired – and it conformed to the wishes of Turkey, whose interests, unbeknownst to anyone in Washington, he’d been paid more than $500,000 to represent.
Of course, McClatchy....fake news!

NBC (Fake) News reported last night that it wasn’t just Flynn who was under a microscope right now:

The FBI, with the help of the Treasury Department, the CIA and other agencies, is examining evidence of possible contacts, money transfers and business relationships between a variety of Trump associates and Russian officials, the sources say. The investigation goes well beyond Flynn, Manafort and a possible American connection, to include how Russian intelligence services carried out the campaign of fake news and leaking hacked emails that intelligence officials say was meant to hurt Hillary Clinton and benefit Donald Trump.

Last night the Washington Post (Fake News) broke the story that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told fellow Republicans in a meeting on June 15, 2016 that he believed Trump was getting paid by Vladimir Putin.

“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” the California Republican said.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) immediately interjected, stopping the conversation from further exploring McCarthy’s assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy.

Politico (Fake News) published a piece at 6:50pm Eastern last night that may as well have been from a month ago now. Titled, “Conservatives begin to whisper: President Pence,” the piece argues that Republicans are pinning their hope on a Pence Presidency, lord help us.

Makin' America Great Again, one scandal at a time.