Soon after becoming a Trump adviser, Papadopoulos heard by a professor in London of which Russians had obtained email “dirt” on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He communicated with the professor repeatedly, trying to bring Trump along with Putin together.
Weeks later, Donald Trump Jr. arranged a June meeting at Trump Tower to explore a Russian offer of damaging information on Clinton. “I love the item,” he had written of Moscow’s outreach. Manafort along with Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband, joined him.
Democratic Party emails of which U.S. intelligence officials say Russia stole were released by front groups beginning later of which month. Afterward, Trump publicly asked Moscow for more dirt.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I desire you’re able to find the 30,000 emails of which are missing,” he said in July.
In August, Trump’s friend Roger Stone previewed forthcoming trouble for Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. In October, Podesta’s emails, which U.S. intelligence says Russians also stole, were publicly released.