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Russian Official Reportedly Tried to Set Up Meeting Between Trump and Putin During Campaign

A top Russian official reportedly tried to set up a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, and Jared Kushner did not disclose this outreach.

Per The New York Times tonight, Alexander Torshin tried to set up that meeting, and the meeting was proposed in an email with the subject line “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite.”

The email was reportedly sent by Rick Clay to a campaign aide:

In the email to Mr. Dearborn, Mr. Clay said he hoped that Mr. Trump would attend the dinner, and he also included details about the overture from Mr. Torshin.

The email said that the dinner would be a chance for Mr. Trump to meet Mr. Torshin, who is a life member of the National Rifle Association in the United States and a vocal advocate for gun rights in Russia, according to three people who have seen the email.

The email said that the Russians believed they had “shared Christian values” with the Trump campaign.

Clay told the Times today it “never ever, ever, ever entered my mind” that someone in the Russian government was trying to meddle with the U.S. election.

This meeting ultimately did not take place due to Kushner sending “a message to top campaign officials rejecting it.”

NBC News has a report out tonight on the same matter, but notes that Kushner had apparently “failed to disclose” this outreach in the first place.

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