Russian citizens made contact with at least 14 associates of US President Donald Trump during his 18-month election campaign and presidential transition period, according to reports in US media.
The Russians included Moscow’s ambassador to Washington, a deputy prime minister, a weightlifter, a lawyer and a Soviet army veteran with alleged intelligence ties, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
The Russian citizens also made contact with Trump’s closest family and friends, as well as figures on the periphery of his orbit, the newspaper said, citing public records and interviews.
They offered to help Trump’s election campaign and his real estate business, while others offered dirt on his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
The Russian nationals also suggested Trump should hold a peacemaking meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“It is extremely unusual,” said Michael McFaul, who served as ambassador to Russia under President…