CNN: Someone from West Virginia may be tied to Russia investigation; Justice says not him

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top Trump aide that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

The aide, Rick Dearborn, who is now President Donald Trump’s deputy chief of staff, sent a brief email to campaign officials last year relaying information about an individual who was seeking to connect top Trump officials with Putin, the sources said.
The person was only identified in the email as being from “WV,” which one source said was a reference to West Virginia. It’s unclear who the individual is, what he or she was seeking, or whether Dearborn even acted on the request. One source said that the individual was believed to have had political connections in West Virginia, but details about the request and who initiated it remain vague.
Butch Antolini, The director of communications for Governor Jim Justice, says the governor isn’t the “West Virginian” the CNN report is referring to. ┬áHe added that the Governor “has not been notified by federal officials of any investigation and to put any speculation to rest concerning Gov. Justice, he is not the West Virginian that the CNN report has referred to.”
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