[CNN by Doug Criss – republished under DMCA] Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top aide to Donald Trump 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 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.
Sources said the email occurred in June 2016 around the time of the Trump Tower meeting where Russians with Kremlin ties met with the President’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well as then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Dearborn did not respond to multiple inquiries seeking comment. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment, and would not respond to inquiries about Dearborn’s email and whether the campaign carried through with that meeting.