The Washington Post Says Paul Manafort Offered to Brief a Russian Billionaire During the 2016 Election

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“How did the Russia scandal unfold?” someone will ask one day.

The answer? Slowly at first, then all at once.

Earlier today the New York Times dropped one bombshell on the Special Prosecutor’s investigation into Trump’s Russia scandal. Now, a few hours later, comes The Washington Post:

Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past, these people said.

“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email, portions of which were read to The Washington Post along with other Manafort correspondence from that time.

The emails are among tens of thousands of documents that have been turned over to congressional investigators and Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team as they probe whether Trump associates coordinated with Russia as part of Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

Read the rest: Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire ‘private briefings’ on 2016 campaign – The Washington Post

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