The former Trump campaign chair, George Papadopoulos, is set to speak with the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a person familiar with the matter said.
Papadopolous, a former Trump foreign policy adviser who worked with Manafort during the 2016 campaign, is the fourth person to be contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office in the probe.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.
Papapopoulos, whose trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 20, is a registered foreign agent for Russia and Ukraine who has worked on behalf of the Kremlin.
He was paid $25,000 for a June 2017 speech he gave to a think tank in Moscow.
The FBI is also investigating Manafort for possible crimes related to his work with Papadolos, including possible coordination with Russian intelligence to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The special counsel’s office has declined to release any information about the people Mueller is investigating.
A federal judge last week granted a motion by Papadoulos to allow him to speak to Mueller about the probe, arguing that it would be “in the public interest to do so.”
The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has not responded to requests for comment.
Papadsopoulos’ attorney, Mark Zaid, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Mueller’s team has also been investigating Papadollos’ work for Russian intelligence and potential financial ties to the Kremlin since early 2018.
The former campaign chairman also worked as a foreign policy aide to Trump during the campaign and is said to have worked with the campaign to coordinate efforts to advance Trump’s election agenda.
He is a member of the board of directors of a Russian investment fund, according to The Wall Street Journal.
In March, Papadoulas told the Wall Street Review of London that he had “never met” Manafort.
Papdopoulas also told the publication he met with the Trump campaign about the “election hacking” story in June 2017.