Manafort used Trump email to contact Ukrainian operative: report

Manafort used Trump email to contact Ukrainian operative: report
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Former President Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort used his official Trump campaign email to contact a Ukrainian political operative, Politico reported Wednesday.

Manafort emailed the operative, Konstantin Kilimnik, about payments for work he had done in the past and to discuss potential new opportunities in Ukraine even as he led Trump’s campaign.

Kilimnik is suspected of being tied to the Russian government, but he has denied such reports.

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A source familiar with the emails told Politico that Manafort made his influence in the campaign clear to Kilimnik in the messages.

A lawyer representing the Trump campaign did not return Politico’s request for comment.

This report comes as it was revealed that Manafort offered to set up daily “private briefings” on the campaign to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who has ties to the Kremlin.

There is no evidence in the emails, which have been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators, that Deripaska received the offer or that any briefings took place. 

Mueller and multiple congressional committees are probing whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia as part of Moscow's efforts to swing the election.