Trump campaign aide emailed about setting up meeting with Putin — report
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Trump campaign aide emailed about setting up meeting with Putin — report

Congress said to learn that Rick Dearborn, now deputy chief of staff, told others working for Trump last year of effort to broker pow-wow with Russian leader

Trump deputy chief of staff for policy, Rick Dearborn, left, and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, right, walk down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Friday, January 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump deputy chief of staff for policy, Rick Dearborn, left, and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, right, walk down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Friday, January 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

An email reportedly uncovered by congressional investigators shows that campaign officials working for US President Donald Trump tried to broker a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the height of the race for the White House last year.

The email from top Trump campaign official Rick Dearborn to other campaign staff mentioned that an unnamed individual was working on connecting campaign officials to the Kremlin, CNN reported late Wednesday.

The email would be appear to be the latest evidence linking the Trump campaign to the Kremlin, as investigations in both houses of Congress and the Justice Department probe allegations of possible interference by Moscow.

According to the report, which cites an unnamed source, the June 2016 email identifies the individual as “WV,” apparently indicating he or she is from West Virginia.

It’s not known if any meeting ever took place and Dearborn did not immediately respond to the report.

Dearborn was formerly a chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, when he was in the Senate.

Sessions, who was involved in Trump’s campaign for president, has removed himself from the Justice Department probe into allegations of links between the Trump campaign and Russia, citing conflicts of interest and appointing special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN she would not discuss the report.

This file photo taken on September 26, 2016, shows former Republican nominee Donald Trump (R) standing with his son Donald Trump Jr. after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.(AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD)
This file photo taken on September 26, 2016, shows former Republican nominee Donald Trump (R) standing with his son Donald Trump Jr. after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.(AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD)

Trump and campaign officials have been hounded by allegations that they spoke to or colluded with Russian officials seeking to interfere with the presidential campaign.

In July, Trump’s Son Donald Trump Jr. released emails showing that he accepted a June 2016 meeting with Russians at which he expected to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Earlier this month it emerged that campaign adviser George Papadopoulos tried several times to broker meetings with the Kremlin, but was rebuffed by Trump officials who voiced concerns over the proposed sit-downs, according to documents handed over to congressional investigators and reported on by The Washington Post.

Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee said last month that they were negotiating private appearances for Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.

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