Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone met with a Russian national who was offering what he claimed was damaging information about Hillary Clinton in exchange for $2 million during the height of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Caputo said in a letter he sent to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday that the man, 59-year-old Gennadiy Vasilievich Vostretsov, had reached out to him in late May 2016 through his business partner in Miami, a Russian national named Sergey Petrushin.
The report revealed that Stone met with the Russian contact after they promised to sell information about Hillary Clinton for the cost of $2 million.
When Greenberg made his offer, Stone told him, "You don't understand Donald Trump".
Stone met with a Russian national who has claimed to work as an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant in the past, leading Stone and a Trump campaign communications adviser to claim the meeting was a setup by U.S. law enforcement.
The Washington Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia and Rosalind S. Helderman broke a significant story Sunday that added to the list of undisclosed meetings between Russians and President Trump's confidants. Neither Caputo nor Stone disclosed the meeting when they were interviewed by Congressional investigators, but Caputo told the Post that it came up when he was questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators last month. "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". He also denied he asked for money, saying played a limited role in the meeting and left it to Alexei to talk with Stone while he sat at a nearby table.
Caputo said he became suspicious of Greenberg after an interview with the Office of Special Counsel in May.
Stone told CNN he was disclosing the meeting now because "Mr. Caputo only brought this to my attention recently". And if so, Gates may have already informed Mueller's investigators about the meeting - which took place more than two months before the FBI opened its investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign. "It led to no information just like the thing with Stone led to no information", Giuliani said.
"I spent my time in front of the committee detailing the fact that I had no contact with Russians, that I never heard of anyone with the Trump campaign talking with Russians, that I was never asked questions about my time in Russia, that I never even spoke to anyone about Russia, that I never heard the word 'Russia, ' and we did not use Russian dressing", he said in July. Stone did not know anything about Mr. Greenberg, including his background or nationality.
The investigator collected extensive court records, media articles, and social media posts that showed Greenberg, 59, has an extensive criminal record of assault with a deadly weapon, theft, assault, DUI, and domestic violence in the United States, and at least two charges of theft in Russian Federation, totalling $5 million.
"How insane is the Russian?"
"I doubt it. I certainly didn't know about it. 2016 was a pretty busy year", Stone told ABC News.
Caputo and Stone exchanged text messages after the meeting, according to the Post.
Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Greenberg told the Post that Alexei was sacked from the Clinton Foundation.
The Clinton Foundation also told the Post that they had never hired someone with the first name Alexei.
The "Gates" mentioned by Abramson is longtime Manafort business partner Rick Gates, who was also a top Trump campaign aide and who was indicted previous year alongside Manafort.
Caputo's lawyer, Dennis Vacco, said his client had "simply forgotten about this brief encounter in 2016", and only remembered it as he was preparing for his interview with Mueller's team.
Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has actively promoted the notion that there were anti-Trump spies planted in the campaign, and released no statement responding to the Greenberg episode.