11,956. 12/6/2017

INTELLIGENCE/LEGAL/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Congressional investigators are scrutinizing trips to Europe taken last year by several associates of President Donald Trump, amid concern they may have met with Kremlin-linked operatives as part of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Several people close to then-candidate Trump visited Europe during and after the campaign, including his son Donald Trump Jr., Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and foreign policy advisers Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Jeffrey Gordon. Their known destinations include London, Paris, Budapest and Athens.
But their explanations of those trips have not always been forthcoming, and some congressional investigators find their stories suspect…
Such trips have raised concerns about whether the Trump associates were approached by Russian intelligence agents as part of the Kremlin’s election meddling or even sought face-to-face meetings themselves, possibly to discuss acquiring incriminating information on Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, according to two congressional officials familiar with the probes.
Trump, his lawyers and his aides have all repeatedly insisted that they did not collude with the Russians.”

-Josh Meyer, “Investigators probe European travel of Trump associates,” Politico, Dec. 6, 2017 05:06am

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