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George Papadopoulos told a senior Trump adviser he had an ‘interesting message’ from Russia — a day after learning of Clinton ‘dirt’

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    George Papadopoulos told Stephen Miller, a senior Trump campaign policy adviser, that he had received “Interesting messages” from Moscow – one day after learning that Russia apparently had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.


The former Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser George Papadopoulos told Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser, in an email last April that he had received an “interesting message” from Russia – one day after learning that the Kremlin apparently had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

Miller, now a top White House policy adviser and speechwriter for President Donald Trump, was in regular contact with Papadopoulos over several months last year, the court filings show.

The court filings say that on April 25, 2016, after “multiple conversations” with a Russian national connected to Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Papadopoulos told Miller that “the Russian government has an open invitation by Putin for Mr. Trump to meet him when he is ready,” referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

About four days later, Papadopoulos’ contact at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told him that the ministry was “Open for cooperation.” Papadopoulos forwarded that email to Manafort, asking, “Is this something we want to move forward with?”

On May 5, Papadopoulos called Clovis. Papadopoulos emailed Manafort again on June 19 telling him he would be willing to travel to Moscow to meet with Russian government officials “If it’s in the interest of Mr. Trump and the campaign to meet specific people.”

Manafort and Gates were indicted by a grand jury late last month on charges including money laundering and tax fraud as part of Mueller’s investigation and are under house arrest.

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