“This next story,” Anderson Cooper tells CNN viewers, “is potentially another big game-changer.” It may also be not much at all. Unnamed sources, including two from the Obama administration, told CNN that intercepts of Russian intelligence communications showed their agents bragging that they could use Michael Flynn to influence Donald Trump after the retired general joined the campaign.
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BREAKING: Russian officials talked about influencing Trump during his campaign, sources say https://t.co/ObR4kK3KVx https://t.co/7B0C30adDI
— CNN (@CNN) May 20, 2017
Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN.
The conversations deeply concerned US intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn, who was tapped to become Trump’s national security adviser,