Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort offered to give “private briefings” on the status of the election to a Russian billionaire with ties to the Kremlin, the Washington Post reports.
Manafort, who’s home was raided earlier this summer by federal investigators probing the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russian operatives, reportedly offered to brief Basic Element founder Oleg Deripaska through an intermediary less than two weeks before Trump accepted the Republican nomination.
“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote on July 7, 2016.
Investigators–who’ve reviewed the correspondences as part of the trove of documents turned over to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and multiple Congressional panels–believe they represent a “potential opening for Russian interests at the highest level of a U.S. presidential campaign,” the Post reports.
Read the full report, at the Washington Post.