On Thursday morning Reuters published a story claiming that the Trump campaign had "at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians during the presidential race."

Reuters reports that the 18 contacts, which were between Russian officials and "others with Kremlin ties" and advisors to Trump's campaign, took the form of phone calls and emails during the closing months of the presidential campaign.

Predictably, the Reuters' sources for the story are anonymous "officials familiar with the exchanges."

Sounds like a BOMBSHELL, right!?

Wrong.

Buried in the 6th paragraph of the story is everything you need to know.

The people who described the contacts to Reuters said they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far. But the disclosure could increase the pressure on Trump and his aides to provide the FBI and Congress with a full account of interactions with Russian officials and others with links to the Kremlin during and immediately after the 2016 election. (Emphasis added)

In other words, another attempted smear on the president turns out to be a big, juicy nothingburger.