Ex-Trump aide ‘coordinated’ Russia

A former adviser to Donald Trump’s election campaign allegedly coordinated contacts between campaign officials and Russian government officials during last year’s US presidential election.

The revelation is part of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

Mueller’s team on Monday announced that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and another aide have been indicted on 12 charges, including conspiracy to launder money.

The team also released documents on former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

The documents say Papadopoulos tried to arrange meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russian government officials, after learning in April that the Kremlin had a number of e-mails that would hurt Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

The documents also say Papadopoulos admitted in early October that he lied to the FBI when asked about his Russian ties in January this year.

The Democratic National Committee has issued a statement pointing out that Papadopoulos admitted to having been told that the Russians had thousands of e-mails that could damage Hillary Clinton, before they became public knowledge.

The statement added Trump can no longer claim there is no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said at a news conference on Monday that Papadopoulos was a mere volunteer during the campaign and that his role was extremely limited.NHK

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