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Tracking the tick-tock of the US-Russia saga

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured, from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. On Saturday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.

US intelligence officials quoted by the New York Times claim members of the Trump campaign had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials.

US intelligence officials quoted by the New York Times claim members of the Trump campaign had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials.

The FBI is investigating those alleged contacts, as well as the hacking of the DNC. The disclosure follows leaks revealing former NSA director Michael Flynn's conversation with the Russian ambassador.

The New York Times quotes two unnamed US intelligence officials. The story broke about 24 hours after Michael Flynn's resignation as National Security Advisor. He's alleged to have talked with the Russian ambassador to the US about the Obama Administration's sanctions prior to President Trump taking office.

Meanwhile, members of Congress from both parties are calling for a Senate investigation. The FBI launched a probe months ago.

Guests:

Tim O’Brien, executive editor of Bloomberg Gadfly and View; his book ‘TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald’ (Grand Central Publishing, 2007); he tweets 

Olga Ivshina, correspondent with the BBC’s Russian Service; she tweets 

Jeffrey Tayler, author and journalist, Russia correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly; he tweets

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