USA Today reported on March 2,
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not the only member of President Trump’s campaign who spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a diplomacy conference connected to the Republican National Convention in July. At least two more members of the Trump campaign’s national security officials also spoke with Kislyak at the event, and several more Trump national security advisers were in attendance.
It’s unknown what the Trump campaign officials who spoke with the ambassador – J.D. Gordon and Carter Page – discussed with him. Those who took part in the events in Cleveland said it is not unusual for presidential campaign teams to interact with diplomats.
However, the newly-revealed communications further contradict months of repeated denials by Trump officials that his campaign had contact with officials representing the Russian government.
To put this in context, the day after the Republican convention, on July 22, WikiLeaks releases DNC documents that show party officials preferring Clinton over her progressive rival, Sanders. The DNC chairman is forced to resign on July 24th. The Steele dossier on Trump describes a deal between the Russians and the Trump team: the “Russian regime” releases emails from the DNC and “in return the Trump team had agreed to sideline Russian intervention in Ukraine as a campaign issue….” During the Republican convention the Trump team weakens platform language on the Ukraine. It is the only change engineered by the Trump team.