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Declassified Transcripts of General Flynn's Calls With Russian Ambassador Kislyak Released
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    I feel like it is about time these “secret meetings”, detailed in Craig Unger’s book: House of Trump House of Putin finally become public knowledge. Excerpt: During the convention, Gordon also had two brief encounters with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who had quietly started to pop up in secret meetings repeatedly with Trump operatives. It’s not clear what role Kislyak might have played in aiding the Trump campaign, but the Kremlin was always eager to know the latest on Trump’s positions regarding sanctions and Ukraine. Just two months earlier, in April, Hope Hicks, a Trump spokesperson, had said, incorrectly, that a meeting with Kislyak in Washington “never happened.” “There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign,” Hicks told the AP. Yet on April 27, Trump gave a major foreign policy speech sponsored by the Center for the National Interest at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel, in which he called for better relations with Moscow: “I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only is possible, absolutely possible,” Trump said. That Trump chose the Center for the National Interest as the forum to make his remarks was in itself of interest, in that Putin had referred to its director, former Nixon aide Dmitri Simes, as his “American friend and colleague” in 2013, and Simes had pledged his full support for Putin’s aggressive stance on Syria. As it happened, however, Ambassador Kislyak was seated in the front row and before the event there was a private meeting with him and Trump; Jeff Sessions, then the Republican senator from Alabama who had joined the Trump team in February; and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Sessions denied being at any such meetings. This was not a question of chance contacts occurring with Russian officials at embassy soirees in the Washington social whirl. Throughout the operation, Trump surrogates repeatedly, and deliberately, reached out to Russian officials and otherwise made clear their knowledge of ongoing Russian operations to attack Clinton’s campaign. Current and former US officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters that Michael Flynn and other Trump advisers made at least eighteen calls and emails to Kremlin operatives during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential campaign..... ————- The account detailed in Unger’s book is not only compelling and well documented, it should have been investigated over a year ago.

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