Paul Manafort offered to provide private briefings on the 2016 campaign to a Russian billionaire with close ties to Vladimir Putin while he was President Trump’s campaign chairman, according to an explosive new report by The Washington Post on Wednesday.
Manafort reached out to an intermediary for Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate, two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, sources with knowledge of the discussions told the Post.
“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote in a July 7, 2016, email to the intermediary.
The emails have been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators.
A spokeswoman for Deripaska told The Post that the email exchanges were scheming by “consultants in the notorious ‘beltway bandit’ industry.”