Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top Trump aide that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.
The aide, Rick Dearborn, who is now President Donald Trump’s deputy chief of staff, sent a brief email to campaign officials last year relaying information about an individual who was seeking to connect top Trump officials with Putin, the sources said.
The person was only identified in the email as being from “WV,” which one source said was a reference to West Virginia. It’s unclear who the individual is, what he or she was seeking, or whether Dearborn even acted on the request. One source said that the individual was believed to have had political connections in West Virginia, but details about the request and who initiated it remain vague.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 23, 2017
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) August 23, 2017
🇷🇺Was Jeff Sessions’ Chief of Staff
🇷🇺Currently Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff
🇷🇺Set up Mayflower event…Sergey Kislyak was there https://t.co/K1oTXmmUmQ
— Rantt (@RanttNews) August 23, 2017
NEW: Dearborn helped plan Mayflower event that KISLYAK attended. Investigators want to know if he also arranged Sessions-Kislyak meetings. pic.twitter.com/WPPoYuzsRA
— Marshall Cohen (@Marshall_Cohen) August 23, 2017