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Top Russian Official Tried to Broker ‘Backdoor’ Meeting Between Trump and Putin #FACTS NOV. 17, 2017. A senior #Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump, according to several people familiar with the matter.
The news of this reached the Trump campaign in a very circuitous way. An advocate for Christian causes emailed campaign aides saying that #AlexanderTorshin, the deputy governor of the #Russiancentralbank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime, had proposed a meeting between Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump. The subject line of the email, turned over to Senate investigators, read, “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite,” according to one person who has seen the message.
The proposal made its way to the senior levels of the Trump campaign before #JaredKushner the president’s son-in-law and a top campaign aide, sent a message to top campaign officials rejecting it, according to two people who have seen Mr. Kushner’s message.
Though the meeting never happened, Mr. Torshin’s request is the latest example of how the Russian government intensified its effort to contact and influence the Trump campaign last year as Mr. Trump was closing in on the #Republican presidential nomination. It came just weeks after a self-described intermediary for the Russian government told a Trump campaign aide, #GeorgePapadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Mr. Trump’s rival, #HillaryClinton in the form of “thousands of emails.” These contacts were set against the backdrop of a sophisticated effort by Russia to hack Democratic computers, disseminate propaganda and undermine Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy. The latest disclosure about Mr. Torshin, who is a leading figure in Mr. Putin’s party, United Russia, shows the direct involvement of a high-ranking Russian official in the #Kremlin outreach to the campaign. #NINFONETWORK #ENTERTAINMENTNINFO #VEHICLENINFO #FOODNINFO #TRUMP #PUTIN #POLITICS #CNN #CNBC #BBC #DAILYMAIL #DONALDTRUMP #RUSSIA #RUSSIAINVESTIGATION #POLITICS #HUFFPOST #BUZZFEED #HUFFPOSTGRAM #OPRAHMAGAZINE