Trump associates communicated with suspected Russian intelligence officials before election: Sources

The communications came in the lead-up to election.

The New York Times first reported the alleged “repeated contacts” between the associates and Russians in the year leading up to the election. U.S. officials speaking with the Times noted however that there was no evidence of cooperation between the campaign and the Russians to “influence the election.”

In January, Trump denied that he or anyone in his campaign had contact with Russia leading up to the election when asked by ABC News' Cecilia Vega. He has also denied having anything to do with Russia at all.

Spicer at first discussed Flynn, but when pressed said: "I don't have any -- I -- there's nothing that would conclude me that anything different has changed with respect to that time period."