Donald Trump’s associates have some explaining to do to special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller’s investigators have subpoenaed the Trump campaign for documents from a number of people as part of his probe of Russian interference in last year’s election campaign, according to the Wall Street Journal. In mid-October Mueller’s team issued a subpoena to Trump’s campaign requesting Russia-related documents from more than a dozen top officials. But wait, there’s more.
Former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak said that he couldn’t name all of the officials connected to Trump that he’s spoken with or met because “the list is so long.” This looks pretty bad because if you recall, Trump held a meeting in May with Kislyak and Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and did not allow U.S. reporters to cover the event in the White House, only Russian state-run media was present.
On Wednesday, Kislyak said that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he’s met with or spoken to on the phone, CNBC reports.
“First, I’m never going to do that,” he said. “And second, the list is so long that I’m not going to be able to go through it in 20 minutes.”
Kislyak went on to call Trump “witty,” and said that U.S.-Russian relations were worse than at any point since the end of the Cold War.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Kislyak twice last year. They met once at the Republican National Convention and another time in Sessions’ Senate office, where the two reportedly discussed campaign-related matters.
However, during his confirmation hearing, Sessions said that he “did not have communications with the Russians.”
Kislyak has long been thought of as a spy so we’re not sure why team Trump cozied up to him. Kislyak has denied being a spy in the past, but of course, that’s exactly what a spy would say.
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