Washington (CNN)–President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort offered to brief a Russian billionaire on the election two weeks before Trump accepted the nomination, people familiar with the discussions told The Washington Post.
In an email, Manafort requested the message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, the Post reported Wednesday.
Deripaska and Manafort had previously done business together, CNN has reported.
Parts of the email from July 7, 2016, were read to The Washington Post. “If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote, according to the paper.
The email is one of troves that are being reviewed amid multiple investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the Post reported.
People familiar with the investigation told The Washington Post that the correspondence shows Manafort’s openness to gaining from his proximity to Trump, creating opportunity for the Russians to gain access to his campaign.
CNN reported earlier this week that special counsel Robert Mueller and his team’s investigation into Manafort spans back more than a decade.
Manafort previously has denied that he ever “knowingly” communicated with Russian intelligence operatives during the election and also has denied participating in any Russian efforts to “undermine the interests of the United States.”