Manafort offered wealthy Russian briefings on Trump campaign

Frederick Owens
September 22, 2017

On July 7, 2016, less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his then-campaign manager Paul Manafort wrote an email to a Russian billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin and offered to provide him with briefings on the presidential race.

Lewandowski's comments came after CNN reported Tuesday that investigators had wiretapped Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, before and after the 2016 election.

It is also in the possession of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether there was any coordination between Trump associates and Russians looking to interfere in the presidential campaign. Mr Deripaska's spokeswoman refused to answer queries about the email. Maloni told the Post that no briefings took place.

Maloni said other campaign emails show that Manafort turned down a proposal from another campaign aide for Trump to meet with Putin and other top Russian officials.

In the last 24 hours, CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times have each published reports on separate incidents surrounding Manafort's surreptitious activities in connection with the Russian Federation probe and other foreign business, and, well, things do not look good. But I will say that, for the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against- the president elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.

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It's long seemed odd that when Paul Manafort worked on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, he agreed to do so unpaid - despite being in millions of dollars worth of debt.

Former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski, had some fiery words on Tuesday for anyone in Trump's campaign who might have colluded with Russian Federation. The government eavesdropping continued into 2017, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to Trump after he became president.

Multiple media outlets have reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Manafort's condominium in upscale Alexandria, Virginia with a search warrant during the early morning hours with their guns drawn while Manafort was still in bed.

Manafort and Deripaska have had business dealings in the past, with Manafort acting as a paid investment consultant.

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