Paul Manafort offered to give private briefings to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska when he was Donald Trump’s campaign manager in 2016.
“If he [Deripaska] needs personal briefings, we can arrange it.” Paul Manafort
According to a report published by the Washington Post, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign manager, offered to provide Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska with private “briefings” during the presidential campaign in July of 2016.
The Post cites Manafort’s spokesman, Jason Maloni, in reporting that on July 7, 2016, Manafort sent an email indicating he was willing to provide Deripaska with briefings on the campaign.
This email was sent less than a week before the Republican National Convention, and approximately one month after Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign officials at Trump Tower in New York City.
Manafort reportedly sent this e-mail to Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate of Manafort’s from his time working as a consultant for now-deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Manafort then requested that Kilimnik hand the offer over to Deripaska.
“If he needs personal briefings, we can arrange it,” the Post quotes Manafort as writing.
It is not publicly known, however, if Deripaska received or responded to this offer. Previously, Deripaska’s representatives denied the businessman’s involvement in any degree to the American elections.
In May, Deripaska filed a lawsuit against the Associated Press, accusing the organization of libel after it published reports detailing the business relationship between the oligarch and Manafort.
According to the AP, Manafort secretly worked for Deripaska for ten years promoting Moscow’s economic, political, and national interests and neglected to register as a foreign agent in the United States.
The oligarch demanded that the AP publish a refutation. The agency refused to issue it and reported that the report “was based on interviews with people familiar” with Manafort’s financial dealings, and on international wire transfer data.
Deripaska wrote an article published in the US media, where he accused the agency of spreading lies, noting that he had never made any contact with Manafort to “covertly advertise or promote” Russia’s interests in the United States.