CNN broke an exclusive report that Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn emailed the Trump Campaign in June 2016 regarding a plot to setup a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top Trump aide that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a 2016 meeting between Trump Campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Salon also reported on this story, elaborating on the background of Trump Deputy Chief of Staff, Rick Dearborn, who is at the center of this story:
“Rick Dearborn, who at the time served as chief of staff to then-Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, emailed campaign officials in June 2016 (around the same time as Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer), saying there was an individual wanting to connect the Trump campaign to Putin, according to a report by CNN. The source also said that Dearborn was skeptical about the possible meeting.”
Congressional investigators are particularly interested in Mr. Dearborn’s involvement given that he is currently a high ranking Administration official, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to General John Kelly, as well as the connection with Jeff Sessions who failed to disclose two meeting with ex-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his confirmation as Attorney General.
Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the Department of Justice’s investigation into collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian Officials.
Which creates an interesting angle to this story given that Rick Dearborn emailed the Trump Campaign regarding a meeting with Putin while serving as Chief of Staff for then-Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
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