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    Former Trump Adviser Says Campaign Never Discussed Russia

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    US President Donald Trump's former adviser Michael Caputo said after a congressional hearing that neither he nor anyone on the campaign team ever discussed Russia during the 2016 race.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — "Today I spent my time in front of the committee detailing the fact that I had no contacts with Russians and I never heard of anyone in the Trump campaign talking with Russians," Caputo told reporters on Friday. "There was absolutely no discussion of Russia on the Trump campaign till the day I left."

    On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. released private emails showing that he agreed to meet with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya during his father's election campaign.

    Trump's advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort were also in the meeting. However, the participants intended to discuss US adoption policies of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, but not sensitive information related to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, according to Trump Jr.'s statement.

    Caputo noted he had no knowledge of Trump son's meeting with Veselnitskaya. The former adviser added that in general, there was more opposition research offered to the Trump campaign than he has ever seen in 30 years in elections.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Veselnitskaya did not represent the Russian government, and Veselnitskaya told NBC News on Tuesday that she never had any ties to the Kremlin or compromising information on Clinton.

    Russia has earlier denied accusations of meddling in the November 8 election and has called such allegations absurd.


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