New Trump campaign emails show efforts to set up Russia meetings: report

New emails from President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE’s campaign obtained by The Washington Post show that one staff member on multiple occasions tried to set up meetings between campaign and Russian officials.

The Post in a report published Monday detailed the emails sent by George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE, who was a volunteer on Trump’s campaign, from March through September of last year.

Papadopoulos in April told Trump’s campaign manager at the time, Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiTrump super PAC promoting Susan Wright ahead of Texas House runoff Pentagon chief to restore advisory panels after purge of Trump loyalists Trump denies fighting with Pence for hiring Lewandowski MORE, that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to “host the Trump team when the time is right.”

Several Trump officials, including Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLobbyist Tony Podesta returns to work for Huawei Former bank CEO convicted of bribery in scheme to land Trump admin job Trial begins for Chicago banker who exchanged loans with Manafort for Trump job MORE, who served as Trump’s campaign chairman, expressed concern over the proposed meetings. 


Other officials who raised concerns over Papadopoulos’s proposals to meet with with Russian officials include the Trump campaign’s co-chairman, Sam Clovis, and Navy Rear Adm. Charles Kubic.

Papadopoulos also passed on an exchange with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), which conveyed that the Russian foreign ministry was receptive to Trump making a trip to Russia.

An official with the Council confirmed that a discussion about a U.S.-Russia dialogue “informally” occurred.

“We discussed the idea informally as one of the opportunities for ... dialogue between Russia and the U.S.,” Ivan Timofeev told The Post.

“RIAC often hosts meetings with prominent political figures and experts from the US and many other countries.”

Manafort, according to the report, passed on the note to one of his colleagues, saying “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips.”

“We thought we probably should not go forward with any meeting with the Russians until we have had occasion to sit with our NATO allies,” Clovis said in a March email discussing a potential meeting.

The emails are part of 20,000 pages of documents the campaign provided to Congress earlier this month.

Amid ongoing probes into Moscow's interference in the 2016 election, scrutiny has increased on Trump's team in the wake of reports of a meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE and a Russian lawyer after the president's son had been promised harmful information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Women's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement MORE.

In addition to Trump Jr., the meeting was attended by Manafort and White House adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerWashington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Unsealed documents detail Trump and Biden efforts on reporter records 'Just say we won,' Giuliani told Trump aides on election night: book MORE

Sources told Reuters earlier this month that a grand jury impaneled by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE has subpoenaed records related to the meeting, which critics say show Trump's team sought to collude with Russia while the nation was hacking Democratic groups.