Congressional investigators have discovered an email that shows that there was an effort in 2016 to arrange a meeting between Trump’s top aides and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to CNN. The email was sent by Rick Dearborn, who is now Trump’s deputy chief of staff.

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An email from last year about an effort to arrange a meeting between Donald Trump’s top campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been recovered, sources told CNN Thursday. According to the report, the email was uncovered by congressional investigators.   

The new information was discovered in an email sent by Rick Dearborn, who is currently US President Donald Trump’s deputy chief of staff. In the email, Dearborn turned to senior members of Trump’s campaign team in June 2016 and shared with them that an individual is trying to connect Trump’s top aides with Putin.

The email was sent at around the time when Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. met with senior Russian officials, who offered him information on his father’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

According to the CNN report, this effort to put together another meeting was unknown until now. The name of the person trying to arrange the meeting was not included in the email but sources say that he may live in West Virginia.

At the moment, it is unclear whether Dearborn was working to schedule the meeting or just passing on the information. One source said that the email shows that Dearborn was skeptical about the request for a meeting. Both Dearborn and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment on the report. “We aren’t going to comment on potentially leaked documents,” Sanders stated.