Federal Bureau of Investigation tapping campaign aide is far from proof of Trump's claim

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Manafort, who served as the campaign manager for Republican Donald J. Trump during the key time frame of collecting delegates leading to the Republican National Convention and beyond, agreed to provide private briefings about the campaign in July 2016 to a Russian billionaire whom he worked for, according to The Washington Post. The spokesman, Jason Maloni, said the emails, which had been turned over to congressional committees, showed nothing improper.

And he has continued soliciting worldwide business even as his past global work has become a focus of the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into ties between Russian Federation and Mr. Trump and his associates, including possible collusion between them to influence the presidential election.

"While there is "no evidence in the documents showing that Deripaska received Manafort's offer or that any briefings took place", the Post further reports, "...investigators believe that the exchanges, which reflect Manafort's willingness to profit from his prominent role alongside Trump, created a potential opening for Russian interests at the highest level of a USA presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the probe".

"If he needs private briefings we can accommodate", Manafort wrote in an email dated July 7, 2016, according to the report. But I will say that, for the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against-the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.

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In an email, Manafort requested the message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, the Post reported Wednesday.

Maloni told NBC News: "It is no secret Mr. Manafort was owed money by past clients after his work ended in 2014. I will simply reiterate what I said in March, and I stand on that", Clapper responded. They also did not comment on CNN's original report about surveillance of Manafort.

Russian Federation has denied interfering in the US election and Trump has denied there was collusion.

There's been no confirmation that the Russian oligarch and close ally of Vladimir Putin received the emails, which are now in special counsel Robert Mueller's possession, but the communications are written in suspect, likely coded language.

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