Hmm, I guess since that whole civil war thing isn’t exactly panning out and CNN panels are backing the President’s remarks on Charlottesville, we’re back to Muh Russia with a BRAND NEW tale of malfeasance and treason!
Except that this is truly the mother of all McNothing Burgers… which, of course, means it’s a CNN EXCLUSIVE!
Anonymous sources tell CNN that Trump’s deputy chief of staff, Rick Dearborn, received an email in June of 2016 from some guy ‘seeking to connect top Trump officials with Vladimir Putin,’ which Dearborn forwarded to campaign officials.
As an aside – I guess this means there was no preexisting back-channel, right?
The person was only identified in the email as being from “WV,” which one source said was a reference to West Virginia. It’s unclear who the individual is, what he or she was seeking, or whether Dearborn even acted on the request. One source said that the individual was believed to have had political connections in West Virginia, but details about the request and who initiated it remain vague.
The same source said Dearborn in the email appeared skeptical of the requested meeting.
CNN then points out that June of 2016 is the same month as the Trump Jr. Trump Tower meeting with a Russian attorney – which was set up and attended by associates of ‘Trump Dossier’ firm Fusion GPS. DUN DUN DUN!
The Fake News Network then goes on to loop the Russians into Trump’s election win – stating “While many details around the Dearborn email are unclear, its existence suggests the Russians may have been looking for another entry point into the Trump campaign to see if there were any willing partners as part of their effort to discredit — and ultimately defeat — Hillary Clinton.”
While Dearborn’s name hasn’t been mentioned in conjunction with the Russia probe, CNN is also tying him to an April 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in D.C. which Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak attended a speech by President Trump on foreign policy.
“Dearborn was involved in helping to arrange an April 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel where Trump delivered a major foreign policy address, sources said. Kislyak attended the event and a reception beforehand, but it’s unclear whether he interacted with Sessions there.” -CNN.
Could CNN be talking about the same Sergey Kislyak who was sitting with Democrats during Trump’s March address to congress?
Wow, all these Russia ties are making my head spin.
Of course, in another ‘anonymously sourced’ March 2016 email between Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos and top campaign officials with the reported subject line “Meeting with Russian Leadership — Including Putin.”
Of course, CNN buries this tidbit: “Sources told CNN that senior campaign officials dismissed that proposal.”
Papadopoulos apparently kept peppering the administration with emails about meeting with Russians – reportedly emailing former campaign manager Corey Lewandowsky “Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right.”
To sum up…
Two Trump aides forwarded emails they received regarding potential meetings between Trump and various Russians, including Putin – which senior campaign officials dismissed.
Meanwhile, Russia’s largest state-owned bank paid the Podesta group $170,000 to lobby for the removal of sanctions when Hillary was expected to win. Anyone want to look into that?If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter