Axios’ morning email thingie:
“Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in March 2016, the youngest of the new advisers sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line: ‘Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin,'” the WashPost’s Tom Hamburger, Carol Leonnig and Roz Helderman report in a front-pager.
- “The exchanges are among more than 20,000 pages of documents the Trump campaign turned over to congressional committees this month after review by White House and defense lawyers.”
- Why it matters: “To experts in Russian intelligence gathering, the [George] Papadopoulos chain offers further evidence that Russians were looking for entry points and playing upon connections with lower-level aides to penetrate the 2016 campaign.”
And as long as we are talkin’ ’bout the Russians:
Paul Manafort partnered on an $850 million New York real-estate deal with an ally of Vladimir Putin and a Ukrainian moneyman whom the Justice Department recently described as an “organized-crime member.”
You can say real-estate deal, and I can say Trump campaign manager Manafort was (probably) money laundering. He really likes laundry work, so I think we know what his prison job will be.