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Brexit Donor's Contact With Putin Envoy Under Parliament Investigation

Brexit Donor's Contact With Putin Envoy Under Parliament Investigation
EU and Union Flags are waved opposit to the Houses of Parliament, London on March 27, 2018.  (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Sunday, 10 June 2018 08:56 AM

A millionaire Brexit campaign donor — and close friend of ex-U.K. Independent Party leader and President Donald Trump ally Nigel Farage — held secret meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s U.K. envoy, the Daily Mail reported.

Arron Banks met with Russian ambassador Alexander Yakovenko three times, and along with Brexit supporter Andy Wigmore —was in close contact with Russian officials throughout the Brexit campaign, the Mail reported, citing leaked emails between the pair.

According to the Mail, Banks also gave Russian officials telephone numbers for members of Trump’s transition team days after he and Farage visited Trump Tower in New York City.

The emails are now being looked at by a committee in the lower house of the British Parliament that’s investigating Russia’s “fake news” attempts in the U.K., the Mail reported.

“The concern we have is there seems to be evidence of very close contact between Leave.EU and the Russian embassy during the referendum campaign, far greater than they have previously admitted to.

'We will be questioning Mr. Banks and Mr. Wigmore about this,” committee chairman Damian Collins told the Mail.

Banks and Wigmore say they’ll give evidence at a committee hearing on Tuesday that their emails were being hacked, the Mail reported. Banks had previously vowed not to attend the hearing, branding the committee a “partisan witch hunt” and accusing it of “collusion” with pro-EU campaigners, the outlet reported.

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A millionaire Brexit campaign donor - and close friend of ex-U.K. Independent Party leader and President Donald Trump ally Nigel Farage - held secret meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin's U.K. envoy,
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