Emails point to Manafort offer to brief Russian in campaign

Posted September 22, 2017

Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) US investigators wiretapped President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, the media reported.

Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, described the emails as containing "innocuous" attempts by Manafort to collect debts.

That email is among what the Post describes as "tens of thousands" of documents that have been turned over to members of special counsel Robert Mueller III's team and congressional investigators that are looking into whether or not the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation as part of a plot to interfere in the 2016 us presidential election.

Mueller's office declined to comment on the Post story.

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Deripaska is one of Russia's wealthiest men, and an ally of President Vladimir Putin.

"If he needs private briefings we can accommodate", Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email, the Post reported.

There is no evidence to suggest that such briefings ever took place. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation.

That's according to Manafort's own emails with a business associate, which are now being examined by investigators and are described in a new report from the Washington Post's Tom Hamburger, Rosalind Helderman, Carol Leonnig, Adam Entous. Manafort was leading the Trump campaign's day-to-day operations at the time.

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Numerous emails do concern money that Mr Manafort believed he was owed by Eastern European clients, according to the Post.

The latest news about Manafort's emails comes just days after CNN revealed that United States investigators wiretapped Trump's former campaign chair prior to and after the 2016 election. Deripaska's rep dismissed the emails as typical scheming by "consultants in the notorious "beltway bandit" industry". CNN reported that Manafort was wiretapped under a warrant both before and after the 2016 election and has been under Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny over the course of three years.

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.

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