Even though the two said they wouldn’t meet this doesn’t change the fact it was trying to happen. It looks like one of Trump’s aides were trying to set up meetings between him and the Russian government before he was president.
Meeting Was In the Works
Three days after Trump named his campaign foreign policy team, someone was trying to snatch up some Kremlin ties. The youngest of the advisers, George Papadopoulous, sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line as “Meeting with Russian Leadership-Including Putin.” Well, that’s a very descriptive title and why would they need to meet up with Russia for the campaign? After all, other countries shouldn’t be meddling in elections of others. Papadopoulos offered to set up “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump” telling the rest of the team his Russian contacts welcomed the opportunity. So far the person who gave the e-mails to the Washington Post has remained anonymous for their protection. And calling this man president in March 2016 is a giant red flag.
This proposal started to worry those in the campaign headquarters of Trump Tower. Sam Clovis said he thought NATO allies should be contacted first before making any plans. The emails are in the possession of Robert Mueller since he is also investigating one of the recipients, Carter Page. The campaign had to provide 20,000 documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the emails have been subpoenaed by two other congressional panels. We have a shortened version from The Daily Caller on the subject of this massive amount of revealed emails.
One former Trump campaign official who has been interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee recently told The Daily Caller that staffers had a stack of hundreds of campaign emails on hand.
Papadopoulos continued his campaign to bring the Trump campaign together with the Russian government in emails in April to Corey Lewandowski, who then served as Trump’s campaign manager.
Papadopoulos said that he had received “a lot of calls over the past month” regarding a Russia meeting.
“Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right,” he wrote, according to The Post. Lewandowski appears not to have responded.
On May 4, Papadopoulos forwarded a note he had received from a group funded by the Russian government inquiring about a Trump visit to Moscow.
The email from from Ivan Timofeev, an official in the Russian International Affairs Council, a group founded by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Clovis also dismissed that inquiry.
“There are legal issues we need to mitigate, meeting with foreign officials as a private citizen,” he wrote to Papadopoulos.
But Papadopoulos persisted, forwarding the same invitation to Manafort several weeks later.
“Russia has been eager to meet with Mr. Trump for some time and have been reaching out to me to discuss,” Papadopoulos wrote.
Manafort appears to have shrugged at the idea. He forwarded the message to his business partner, Rick Gates, saying that “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips.”
Manafort’s response to Papadopoulos’ request is “concrete evidence that the Russia collusion narrative is fake news,” Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni told The Post.
“Mr. Manafort’s swift action reflects the attitude of the campaign — any invitation by Russia, directly or indirectly, would be rejected outright.”
Manafort is a central figure in the ongoing collusion investigation, which is being conducted by three congressional committees and Mueller.
FBI agents acting on a search warrant obtained by Mueller, raided Manafort’s Virginia residence last month. But rather than searching for evidence of campaign collusion, agents were reportedly looking for financial records of Manafort’s overseas business activities.
Though the email traffic suggests that members of the Trump campaign were hesitant to have direct talks with Russian government officials, the campaign has showed a willingness to meet under certain conditions with operatives loosely associated with Moscow.
The June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting is the most notable example.
On that day, Manafort joined Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. in a meeting with a group of Russians who had promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Trump Jr. accepted the meeting even after being told that a “Russian government attorney” would be providing the Clinton dirt.
“I love it,” was his response to the request.
If this isn’t enough evidence to prove Trump’s collusion and get him out of the White House, who knows what will.