Intel caught Russians discussing Trump before campaign announcement: report

Intel caught Russians discussing Trump before campaign announcement: report
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American intelligence intercepts recorded members of the Russian government talking about Donald Trump and his allies months before he launched his presidential bid, according to a new report.
 
The allegations come from a new Wall Street Journal report that describes the 2015 conversations as containing "vague and inconclusive information." According to the report, the intercepted conversations included talk of meetings between Russians and Trump allies.
 
While the intelligence community reportedly didn't see the conversations as major revelations, the Journal reports that investigators are taking a second pass at the conversations to see if they can find new relevance amid the twists and turns of the investigation into allegations of collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: If there's no wall, there's no DACA fix Trump appears to call out Samsung over missing FBI text messages Trump Commerce pick told lawmakers he would look at reversing Obama move on internet oversight: report MORE's campaign allies and Russian officials. 
 
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The report adds that no specific Trump associates were named by the Russians and it was unclear whether the discussions had anything to do with Trump's presidential bid, which he would announce later that year. 
 
The new story comes one day after Donald Trump Jr. released an email transcript that shows him arranging a meeting with a Russian lawyer who had promised to pass along potentially incriminating information about Trump's political opponent, Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump appears to call out Samsung over missing FBI text messages House Judiciary Republican: Comey could be called to testify again Stakes intensify: Mueller seeks to question Trump MORE
 
The email exchange, which Trump Jr. tweeted on Tuesday, shows a publicist describing "high level and sensitive information" as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump." 
 
The revelation has prompted an outcry from Democrats, who have blasted the president's son for appearing excited to receive damaging information from the Russian lawyer.