Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort reportedly offered to give Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate, private briefings on the Trump campaign according to the Washington Post. Mr. Deripaska is reportedly an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“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 above email was read to the Washington Post. It was reportedly passed along to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team along with thousands of other documents.
Deripaska, one of Russia’s richest men, is widely seen as an important ally of that country’s president, Vladimir Putin. A U.S. diplomatic cable from 2006, published by WikiLeaks, referred to Deripaska as “among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis.” Russian officials have frequently raised the matter over the years with U.S. diplomats, according to former U.S. officials familiar with the appeals.