In a turn for the ages, the Washington Post is reporting information obtained through leaked e-mails show the Trump Campaign roundly rejected offers to meet with Russian Officials. The emails cite legality as well as other issues as the reason for the rejection.
Energy Consultant George Papadopoulis, a volunteer for the Trump Campaign and advisor was found to be pushing for meetings with Russian officials on at least six occasions. According to the e-mails, it appears all requests to meet with Russian officials were roundly rejected by then Campaign Manager Paul Manafort.
Papadopoulis also sent requests to then Candidate Trump’s Co-Chairman Sam Clovis as well as campaign advisor Admiral Charles Kubric, all of which were met with swift rejection. Upon rejecting the request to meet with Russian officials, Admiral Charles Kubric broadcasted a reminder with regard to restrictions meeting with Russian officials stating, “just want to make sure that no one on the team outruns their headlights and embarrasses the campaign.”
The e-mail chains show then Campaign Manager Paul Manafort turning down unsolicited meetings after Donald Trump became the Republican Party’s nominee as well. The Russian Foreign Ministry also sent a request to meet with Donald Trump prompting Paul Manafort to convey his desire to end the requests to one of his associates citing, “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips.”