Intercepted phone calls and records show that members of President Trump’s campaign team and other of his associates had made contact with members of senior Russian intelligence officials in 2016. These communications were found around the same time law enforcement found attempted interference by the Russians during the election. In an interview with the deputy Russian foreign minister, Sergei A. Rybakov, the minister stated that there was contact during the campaign. Anyone accused of being in contact with the Russians has denied the accusations.

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