A former communications adviser to the Trump campaign has been asked to submit to a voluntary interview by the House Intelligence Committee investigating alleged ties between Russia and members of Trump's campaign during the presidential election, the New York Times reports.
Michael Caputo worked for Trump for six months and helped run Trump's efforts in the New York primary. His ties to Russia date back to the 1990s when he worked and lived there. He also had a contract for several months in 2000 with Russian conglomerate Gazprom Media to improve Putin’s image in the U.S.
The committee wanted Caputo to "produce documents and other materials to the committee and participate in a voluntary transcribed interview at the committee’s offices," and asked for "any documents, records, electronically stored information including email, communication, recordings, data and tangible things" that could "reasonably lead to the discovery of any facts within the investigation's publicly announced parameters."
Caputo plans on complying with the request.
In a written response to the committee, he said, "At no time during this period did I have any contact with Russian government officials or employees."
"The only time the president and I talked about Russia was in 2013, when he simply asked me in passing what it was like to live there in the context of a dinner conversation," he wrote.
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