Trump / Russia

A Missing Piece of the Puzzle

The Guardian is out with a report that contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence occurred much earlier than previously reported:

GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.

Looking at the Trump-Russian Timeline, this puts other events around that time into context. Beginning in late 2015,  the following events occurred:

What the publicly available information shows is a steady ramping up of Russian support for Trump.

Our man in Moscow

The GHCQ information fills in the missing piece. The contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence appear to be the catalyst for the covert and overt support from Moscow.

Michael Flynn’s December 10 trip to Moscow also emerges as a possible lynchpin in this story. Flynn, you will recall, attended RT’s 10th anniversary gala in Moscow, where was seated at the head table next to Vladimir Putin. It’s not clear what Flynn’s role in the campaign was in this time, if any. The two men first met in August; Flynn announced he was advising Trump in February 2016.

A website that tracked Trump’s evolving campaign team lists the following people as part of Trump’s inner circle in late 2015:

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