Donald Trump’s presidential campaign logged over 100 contacts with Russia-linked officials in the run-up to the 2016 election, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress.
USA Today reported on Wednesday that CAP’s Moscow Project used publicly available court documents and news report to arrive at its conclusion, counting every meeting and message as a separate encounter.
The number of contacts was raised to 101 this week, according to CAP, after it was reported that Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a former campaign aide, shared polling data with Manafort's former Russian business partner Konstantin Kilimnik.
Those within Trump's team who had contacts with Russian-linked officials include Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, former Trump adviser Roger Stone, the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, and Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump.
Trump has repeatedly referred to the special counsel investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russians and Russian interference in the election as a "witch hunt", despite numerous indictments, convictions and evidence to the contrary.