Trump's ties to Russia: Congressional investigators find email seeking meeting with Putin

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Trump deputy chief of staff for policy Rick Dearborn left and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller right. AP

The news comes after a separate report that former Trump foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos repeatedly tried to set up a meeting between campaign aides and high-ranking Russian officials, including Putin.

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.

AN EMAIL recovered from a top Trump aide reveals his campaign managers attempted to arrange a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin a year ago.

The report revealed that Rick Dearbon, Trump's deputy chief of staff, sent an email to Trump campaign officials discussing an individual who was trying to organize direct contact between Trump and the Russian president. Sources told CNN "WV" may be a reference to West Virginia, where the unnamed liaison might have "political connections".

Dearborn was reportedly sending the email to relay information from an individual seeking the meeting.

"The bottom line is that there's no doubt in my mind that the Russian government was casting a wide net when they were looking at the American election", retired Central Intelligence Agency agent Steven L. Hall told the Washington Post of Papadopoulos' attempts to set up a meeting between Trump officials and the Kremlin.

"We aren't going to comment on potentially leaked documents", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN. The event was attended by then-Russia ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, and questions have been raised about Dearborn's role in setting up meetings between Kislyak and Sessions.

The email was sent in June 2016, around the same time as the Trump Jr. meeting with Russians connected to Putin.

The kerfuffle over Sessions' meetings and his lack of disclosure helped trigger his recusal from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, an action that was widely praised but angered Trump. Jeff Sessions before he was confirmed as attorney general, CNN reports.

Like his boss, who was a top Trump surrogate on the presidential campaign trail, Dearborn played dual roles past year.

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