New allegations emerged linking the Donald Trump’s team to Russian Intelligence officials during his electoral campaign. If these accusations are confirmed, it would be considered an act of treason.
While Trump representatives have continually denied these allegations, US law enforcement and intelligence agencies have found new evidence of contact between Trump’s campaign staff and senior Russian intelligence officers during the period leading up to the 2016 election.
Seth Moulton, a former US Marine and Democratic member of the House of Representatives told CNN “Russia is the number one enemy of the US.
If members of the administration are essentially conspiring with Russia – either through the campaign earlier or now in the administration itself…that’s the very definition of treason.”
Law enforcement officials, however, didn’t disclose new information regarding the nature of the talks that took place between Trump’s team and the Russians and to what extent they were business-related.
Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, on the other hand, denies the existence of any incriminating contact between Trump staff and Russia, during a press briefing on Tuesday. When asked if the administration was further examining the issue, he said “no new information”.
US Vice President, Mike Pence, also denied the allegations, referring to them as “distractions,” which are part of “a narrative to delegitimize the election.”
Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, had a different opinion on the matter back in November, claiming that the Russian government had been in touch with Trump’s political team during his presidential campaign.
“Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage…quite a few have been staying in touch with Russian representatives,” Ryabkov told Interfax.
In January, after refusing to clearly answer questions about the allegations during a press conference, Mr. Trump attempted to silence the accusations using social media.
He tweeted: “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”
Spicer also stated that the president isn’t practicing any leniency towards the Russian government, but would like to maintain a practical working relationship between the two countries, unlike his predecessors.
“President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea,” said Spicer. “At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to be able to get along with Russia, unlike previous administrations, so that we can solve many problems together facing the world, such as the threat of Isis and terrorism.”