During the final days of Barack Obama’s administration, officials did all they could to spread the information they had concerning the efforts by Russia to undermine the 2016 presidential election to as many contacts as possible. Obama’s people also spread information regarding the contacts Trump’s associates had made with the Russians.
According to sources, the aim of the officials was to prevent such kind of interference from happening again and also to ensure the clear trail that government investigators could follow in the event that an investigation became necessary. The fear by the officials was that the Trump administration would destroy the intelligence or at the very least cover up. There was also fear that sources could be exposed once Trump got into power.
Some of the information had been provided by foreign governments such as The Netherlands and United Kingdom. Sources say some of this information was concerning meetings that had been held in cities in Europe by associates of Trump and those close Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. Additionally, American spies had been able to intercept communication between Russian officials discussing their contact with associates of Trump. Some of these Russian officials worked in the Kremlin.
The revelations have come in the wake of new questions being raised concerning the ties of the Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions, to Russians connected to Putin. A former official in the Obama administration revealed that Sessions met twice with Sergey I. Kislyak in 2016. This was in contradiction to the testimony Sessions had given during the confirmation hearings in which he denied being in contact with Russians.
In the eye of the storm
In the face of the new revelation, Sessions now claims he did not meet with any official from Russia to talk about campaign issues.
“I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false,” said Sessions in a statement released later on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump himself has repeatedly denied that any of his associates had contact with officials from Russia. At some point he said it was a conspiracy by American spies who were out to discredit his administration.