Email reportedly shows effort to set up meeting between Putin and Trump

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According to a CNN report that was released on Wednesday, the investigation into the Russian influence in the 2016 election has now moved on to an email from Trump campaign policy aide Rick Dearborn that apparently shows Dearborn attempting to set up a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-candidate Donald Trump.

Dearborn, who is currently the president’s deputy chief of staff, sent the previously unreported email in June of 2016, around the same time as the infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.

Dearborn was reportedly sending the email to relay information from an individual seeking the meeting. Dearborn reportedly seemed skeptical over the request, which was made by an as yet unidentified individual.

While Dearborn’s name has not come up previously in the Russia probe, he was the chief of staff to Jeff Sessions, who had two meetings with the then-Russia ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. There are some questions as to whether Dearborn played a role in arranging those meetings.

Dearborn did not respond to requests for comment, and as for the Trump administration, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders outright declined to comment, saying, “We aren’t going to comment on potentially leaked documents.”