Jared Kushner received emails from Sergei Millian

  • Jared Kushner was copied on emails sent to the Trump campaign last year from Sergei Millian, a Belarusian-born businessman who had worked with the Trump organization.
  • Millian told staff last year that he was in regular contact with George Papadopoulos – a foreign policy adviser in the campaign who lied to the FBI about the extent and nature of his contacts with Kremlin-affiliated foreign nationals.
  • Millian’s relationship with Papadopoulos, who in April 2016 was told that the Kremlin had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, raises questions about what they discussed during the election and what they forwarded to campaign officials.

Editor’s note: This article was updated following a federal indictment on November 3, 2021, which accused Igor Danchenko, a Russia expert who contributed to the so-called Steele case, of lying to investigators about receiving information from Sergei Millian. Millian repeatedly denied that he was a source of any material in the dossier.

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, was copied on emails sent to the Trump campaign last year from Sergei Millian, the Belarusian-born businessman who has worked with the Trump organization.

Senate Judiciary Committee leaders said Thursday that Trump campaign officials had handed over “communications with Sergei Millian, copied to Mr. Kushner,” which Kushner had apparently failed to disclose voluntarily. Kushner also received an email discussing a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invitation” from Alexander Torshin, the deputy head of Russia’s central bank, according to NBC.

Jared Kushner’s lawyer told the committee that the “communication” with Millian was between Millian and Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which Cohen urged Millian to stop talking to the press.

A Washington Post profile from March noted a further point of contact: Millian told staff last year that he was in regular contact with George Papadopoulos – a foreign policy adviser to the campaign, who at the end of last month pleaded guilty to giving false statements to the FBI about the extent and nature of his contacts with Kremlin-affiliated foreign nationals.

Papadopoulos tried to link another Trump assistant, Boris Epshtyn, to Millian in September 2016, according to the Post. Epshtyn said the meeting never took place.

Millian, now a U.S. citizen, founded the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and has described himself as an exclusive mediator for the Trump organization in terms of the company’s potential real estate business in Russia.

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Millian (R) with Oleg Deripaska.

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He attended several black-tie events at Trump’s inauguration and told the Russian news agency RIA that he had been in contact with the Trump organization as late as April 2016. He was also photographed at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2016 with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a longtime business associate with Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

It was around this time that Millian’s organization, the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, was looking for “delegates” to participate in the Russian Oil and Gas Forum in Moscow.

But Millian appears to have begun toning down his ties to the Trump organization after Western journalists began digging into Trump’s Russia ties last summer.

Contrary to what he told the RIA, Millian Business Insider said in an email earlier this year that the last time he worked on a Trump brand project was “in Florida around 2008.” He did not respond to a request for clarification.

Millian and the case

Millian was identified by some American media as a source of unconfirmed notes known as the Steele dossier – named after its author, former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. Millian has denied this claim, and more doubts about Millian’s connection to the dossier emerged in a federal indictment on November 3, 2021, accusing Igor Danchenko, a Russia expert who contributed to the Steele dossier, of lying to investigators about receive information for the dossier. from Millian.

ABC reported in January 2017 that “while it published [Trump-Russia] dossier never names Millian, a version provided to the FBI included Millian’s name as the source. “The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal later reported that Millian was either source” D “or” E “in the dossier, which Millian has denied.

Source D had, according to the dossier, been “present” for Trump’s alleged “perverse behavior in Moscow.”

Millian has worked with Rossotrudnichestvo, a Russian government organization whose “basic” goal is to make “young people from different countries” familiar with Russian culture through exchange trips to Moscow. The FBI has investigated whether Rossotrudnichestvo is a front for the Russian government to cultivate “young, future Americans as Russian intelligence assets” – a theory that Rossotrudnichestvo has strongly rejected.

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Sergei Millian at an event following Trump’s inauguration on January 20.

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In January, however, Millian told Mother Jones that he “never had any business with Rossotrudnichestvo.” He did not respond to requests from Business Insider to clarify this discrepancy.

Source E, meanwhile, “acknowledged that the Russian regime had been behind the recent leak of embarrassing emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to the WikiLeaks platform,” according to the dossier.

Source E also claimed that the Trump campaign and Russia had moles in the Democratic Party; that US-based “cyber-operators” coordinated attacks on the DNC and Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta; and that these operators were paid secretly via Russian “diplomatic staff” in “key” American cities via Russia’s emigration pension system.

“I am one of the very few people who has insider knowledge of Kremlin policy, who has the ability to understand the Russian mentality, and who has been able to successfully integrate into American society,” Millian told ABC in July 2016.

The same source is quoted in the case as saying that the Trump campaign was “relatively relaxed” in terms of attention to Trump’s reported ties to Russia, “because it diverted the media and Democrats’ attention away from Trump’s business relations in China.”

Millian has served as “vice president of the World Chinese Merchants Union Association” since 2015, according to his LinkedIn page. He wrote in April last year that he was traveling to Beijing to meet with a Chinese official and the Russian ambassador to the Republic of San Marino.

Millian’s relationship with Papadopoulos raises questions

Millian’s relationship with Papadopoulos – who in April 2016 was told the Kremlin had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails” – raises questions about what they discussed during the election and what they forwarded to campaign officials.

According to documents filed by Special Attorney Robert Mueller’s office and not sealed late last month, Papadopoulos met with a “professor” in London “around April 26, 2016” who told him the Russians had been given “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

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Papadopoulos proposed a Trump-Putin meeting during a March 2016 meeting with Sessions, Gordon and other foreign policy advisers in the campaign.

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“During this meeting, the professor told the defendant that he had just returned from a trip to Moscow, where he had met with senior Russian officials,” a document states.

“The professor told the defendant that on that trip he (the professor) learned that the Russians had” dirty “the then candidate Clinton. The professor told the defendant Papadopoulos, who Papadopoulos later described to the FBI, that” they [the Russians] have dirt on her ‘; ‘the Russians had emails about Clinton’; ‘they have thousands of emails’. “

The document suggests that Papadopoulos had known that Russia was actively trying to undermine Clinton before virtually everyone else, and that matches some of what the dossier’s “source E” – believed to be Millian – told an employee, who then passed it on to Christopher. Steele.

Yet it is still unclear whether Papadopoulos told anyone on the campaign, or attached to it, about what he had learned. The day after his meeting with the professor, Papadopoulos sent an email to one of the campaign’s top political advisers, Stephen Miller, saying he had “some interesting messages coming in from Moscow about a trip when the time is right.”

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