Later Campaign Work and Removal from the Campaign 102 Dimitri Simes and the Center for the National Interest
CNI and Dimitri Simes Connect with the Trump Campaign ......... 103 b.
National Interest Hosts a Foreign Policy Speech at the Mayﬂower Hotel ........................ 105 0.
Jeff Sessions’s Post-Speech Interactions with CNI ............... _ ....... ..... 107 d.
Arrangements for the Meeting .. ............ .. .................................. 116 ii.
Dimitri Simes and the Center for the National Interest Members of the Trump Campaign interacted on several
occasions with the Center for the National Interest (CNI), principally through its President and Chief
an event hosted by the National Interest, a publication afﬁliated with CNI.
and CEO of the National Interest.596 Simes was born in the former Soviet Union, emigrated to the United
The memorandum outlined. key issues for the Campaign, including a “new beginning with Russia.”610 b.
National Interest Hosts (1 Foreign Policy Speech at the Mayﬂower Hotel During both their March 24 phone
ideas for the speech that he had drafted with CNI Executive Director Paul Saunders and board member
speech.“ It is not clear, however, whether CNI ofﬁcials received an actual draft of the speech for comment
, the National Interest, serve as the host and to have the event at the National Press Club.‘517 Kushner
by looking at the list of CNI’s invitees to the speech itself and then choosing a subset for the reception
CNI invitees in attendance, including Kislyak.626 Simes perceived the introduction to be positive and
friendly, but thought it clear that Kislyak and Trump had just met for the ﬁrst time.627 Kislyak also
or the National Interest speciﬁcally recall a conversation or meeting between Sessions and Kislyak at
Center for the National Interest, CNI (Mar. 8, 2017). 106 , WWW“... e.
Simes, for example, did not recall seeing Kislyak at the post-speech luncheon,632 and the only witness
who accounted for Sessions’s whereabouts stated that Sessions may have spoken to the press after the
Jeff Sessions ’3 Post-Speech Interactions with CNI In the wake of Sessions’ s conﬁrmation hearings as
, and Jacob Heilbrunn—editor of the National Interest—all had no recollection of seeing Kislyak at the
In the summer of 2016, CNI organized at least two dinners in Washington, DC. for Sessions to meet with
Department of Justice interest in establishing a communications channel between the Kremlin and
the Trump Transition Team.1171 Aven asked for Burt’ 5 help in contacting members of the Transition Team
CNI president Dimitri Simes for help facilitating Aven’s request, recalling that Simes had some relationship
There is an interest and an understanding for the need to establish such a channel.
But the individual emphasized that at this moment, with so much intense interest in the Congress and
Chairman of the board of directors at the Center for the National Interest, 3. U.S.
Former U.S. ambassador who had done work Alfa~Bank and was a board member of the Center for the National
Chief operating ofﬁcer for the Trump Organization. Trump Campaign adviser.
Chief policy adviser and national co-chair of the Trump Campaign.
Director of the National Security Agency (Apr. 2014 .1 May 2018).
Deputy Attorney General (Apr. 20 1, 7 — present); Acting Attorney General for the Russian election interference
Expert Investment Company, a Russian real-estate development corporation that signed a letter of intent for
Executive with the Center for the National Interest who worked on outlines and logistics of candidate
President and chief executive officer of the Center for the National interest.
Zayed al Nahyan, Mohammed bin Alfa—Bank Center for the National Interest (CNI) Concord Crocus Group
CNI’s publication, the National Interest, hosted candidate Trump’s foreign policy speech in April 2016
Formal governing body for the Democratic Party; hacked by the GRU in April 2016.
Lower House of the national legislature of the Russian Federation.
Department of State and the Republican National Convention. In 2016, Jeff Sessions and JD.
CNI DCCC DNC FBI FSB GEC GRU HPSCI HRC IRA LCILP NATO NES NSA ODNI PTT RDIF RIAC SBOE SCO SJ C SSCI TAG
Department of Justice Index of Acronyms Center for the National Interest Democratic Congressional
Campaign Committee Democratic National Committee Federal Bureau of Investigation Russian Federal Security
Service Global Energy Capital, LLC Russian Federation’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General
Security Agency Office of the Director of National Intelligence Presidential Transition Team Russian
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