Wasserman Schultz: Trump team's Russia contact 'reeks of collusion'
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) is seizing on reports of contact between President Trump's campaign and Russian intelligence officials during last year's presidential race, saying the situation "reeks of collusion."
 
"With every passing day, it gets more and more disturbing, and more and more evidence that there was collusion," the former Democratic National Committee chair told CNN on Wednesday.

Wasserman Schultz maintained that that an independent, bipartisan investigation was required to properly look into the connection.

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"This requires, it begs, it cries out for an independent, bipartisan investigation. And Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE should be the first person asking for one, but since I think he likely was part of it, it's not surprising that hasn't happened," she said.
 
The New York Times on Tuesday reported that several Trump campaign aides maintained contact with the Russian intelligence officials during the election.
 
Current and former officials also told the publication that there was no evidence of collusion but that the investigation into Russia's alleged influence in the election was ongoing.
 
"I can't think of what reason you would need to have that much communication between presidential campaigns in America and a foreign essential enemy that has attempted many times to do harm to the United States," Wasserman Schultz argued.
 
"I am willing to say the word collusion because I think that the public evidence that is there at the moment certainly, to me, predicts that it would lead to that likely outcome."