Published: Wed, June 20, 2018

Caputo claims Federal Bureau of Investigation informant approached him to offer Clinton dirt

Caputo claims Federal Bureau of Investigation informant approached him to offer Clinton dirt

Following a blockbuster report that Roger Stone spoke with a Russian national who promised dirt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for $2 million back in 2016, the Trump confidante tried to set the record straight on his own website - and then asked for money to pay his legal bills saying he is nearly broke.

Caputo, meanwhile, told CNN that he spent the bulk of his June 2017 interview before the House Intelligence Committee denying any interaction with Russians.

The man, who reportedly called himself Henry Greenberg, wanted $2 million in exchange for damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Stone told Mr. Greenberg that Donald Trump would never buy information either.

According to the Washington Post story published Sunday, Caputo set up the meeting with Greenberg and Stone after Greenberg approached Caputo's Russian-immigrant business partner.

Vostretsov's outreach to Caputo and Halper's outreach to Page both occurred about two months before FBI officials said they received information that prompted them to launch their investigation and suggest the FBI has lied about when it actually began investigating the Trump campaign and why.

They cite records - independently examined by The Post - showing that the man who approached Stone is actually a Russian national who has claimed to work as an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.

Caputo said that he was asked during a session with the committee in July whether he'd ever been offered information about the Clinton campaign by a Russian, and he either answered "no" or that he could not recall. Greenberg told Caputo he "had information about Hillary Clinton he wanted to provide to the Trump campaign", the letter says.

If Roger Stone and Michael Caputo told investigators what they said publicly, they could have real problems.

Stone and Manafort in the 1970s started a political consulting firm together, as The Post has also reported, which specialized in representing dictators such as the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos, and other notorious human rights violators including African guerilla warlord Jonas Savimbi.

Stone, according to a letter his attorney sent Friday to the House Intelligence Committee, met with "Greenberg" at a cafe in Sunny Isles, Florida, at the end of May 2016 for about 20 minutes.

"In multiple respects now, the testimony of Roger Stone appears inaccurate or deliberately misleading", Schiff said.

"I never discussed the matter with Donald Trump or anyone in his campaign", Stone told ABC News on Sunday.

"I know what you're doing!"

"Similarly, Michael Caputo's testimony omitted mention of this interaction with a Russian offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, something which could not plausibly have escaped his recollection", Schiff said in a statement.

Greenberg initially denied Stone's account of the meeting but later changed his story, giving the Post a brief description of the meeting that matched Stone's depiction in part. A text message in the hands of the Washington Post reflect my rejection of his proposal and I chastised Caputo because the meeting was "a waste of time".

Halper had invited former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in June 2016 to attend a Cambridge symposium on the USA presidential election on July 11-12, 2016.

The meeting, which took place in May 2016, brings the total number of Trump campaigners who met with Russian officials to eleven. Greenberg told the Post that Alexei was sacked from the Clinton Foundation. The documents provided by Stone and Caputo indicate that Greenberg ceased working with the agency at some point after 2013.

The "Gates" mentioned by Abramson is longtime Manafort business partner Rick Gates, who was also a top Trump campaign aide and who was indicted a year ago alongside Manafort. Caputo said that the Mueller team "knew far more than he did about the Greenberg approach", according to the news release. Several days later, he contacted former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos with an offer to pay him $3,000 for a paper on Israeli and Cypriot energy.

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