Dimitri Simes in the Mueller Report - 14 Mentions

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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.

Jared Kushner’s Continuing Contacts with Simes ......... 108 June 9, 2016 Meeting at Trump Tower ....

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Dimitri Simes and the Center for the National Interest Members of the Trump Campaign interacted on several

Center for the National Interest (CNI), principally through its President and Chief Executive Officer, Dimitri

Simes.

CNI and Dimitri Simes Connect with the Trump Campaign CNI is a Washington-based non-profit organization

Sessions, who served as an advisor to candidate Trump on national security and foreign policy issues.595 Dimitri

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at the Mayflower Hotel During both their March 24 phone call and their March 31 in-«person meeting, Simes

speech that Miller had prepared.613 Simes sent back to the Campaign bullet points with ideas for the

to Gordon (3:35:45 pm». 6” Simes 3/8/18 302, at 7. 5” Simes 3/8/18 302, at 8-11; C00008923 (4/6/16

to Simes (2:44:25 p.m.)); C00006759 (4/14/16 Email Kushner to Simes & S.

8; Simes 3/8/ 18 302, at 12; C00003834—43 (4/22/16 Email, Simes to Boyd et a1. (8:47 a.m.)). 6‘8 Simes

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him to the members of Congress who were in attendance.625 After those members had been introduced, Simes

stood next to Trump and introduced him to the CNI invitees in attendance, including Kislyak.626 Simes

12-13. 62‘ Saunders 2/15/18 302, at 12. 622 (300002575 (Attendee List); C00008536 (4/25/16 Email, Simes

to Kushner (4:53:45 p.m.)). “23 Simes 3/8/18 302, at 19-20. 62“ Simes 3/8/18 302, at 21. 625 Simes

3/8/18 302, at 21. 62" Simes 3/8/18 302, at 21. 62" Simes 23/8/18 302, at 21. 623 Kushner 4/11/18

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Jared Kushner’swContinuing Contacts with Simes Between the April 2016 speech at the Mayflower Hotel and

the presidential election, Jared Kushner had periodic contacts with Simes.648 Those contacts consisted

had proposed.649 Simes recalled that he, not Kushner, initiated all conversations about Russia, and

that Kushner never asked him to set up back-channel conversations with Russians.650 According to Simes

“8 Simes 3/8/18 302, at 27. 649 Simes 3/8/18 302, at 27. 65° Simes 3/8/18 302, at 27. 651 Simes

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, and Simes ended up meeting only with Kushner).

.658 Simes told Kushner that, Simes claimed that he had received this information from

. 65“ C00007981-84 (8/9/16 Email, Simes to Kushner (6:09:21 run».

3/8/18 302, at 29-30; Simes 3/27/18 302, at 6; Kushner 4/11/18 302, at 12. 659 Simes 13/8/18 302, at

30; Simes 3/27/18 302, at 6. 66° Simes 3/8/18 302, at 30, 6‘” Simes 3/8/18 302, at 30; Simes 3/27/

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had previously met in April 2016.971 Unable to recall the Russian Ambassador’s name, Kushner emailed Dimitri

Simes of CNI, whom he had consulted previously about Russia, see Volume 1, Section IV,A.4, supra, and

Kushner to Congressional Committees, at 4 (Jul. 24, 2017). 972 NOSCOOOOOOSS (11/9/16 Email, Kushner to Simes

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Kushner responded in relevant part, “I think I do this one .. confirm with Dimitri [Simes of CNI] that

this is the right guy.”1130 After reaching out to a colleague of Simes at CNI, Vargas reported back

“31 11/17/16 Email, Brown to Simes (10:41 am); Brown 10/13/17 302, at 4; 11/17/16 Email, Vargas to

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board of CNI (discussed at Volume 1, Section IV.A.4, supra),1174 decided to approach CNI president Dimitri

Simes for help facilitating Aven’s request, recalling that Simes had some relationship with Kushner.1

‘75 At the time, Simes was lobbying the Trump Transition Team, on Burt’s behalf, to appoint Burt US.

“77 Burt 2/9/18 302, at 3; Simes 3/27/18 302, at 4. ”73 Burt 2/9/18 302, at 3; Simes 3/27/18 302, at

4. “79 Simes 3/27/18 302, at 5. ”80 Simes 3/27/18 302, at 5. 164

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Sechin, Igor Sessions, Jefferson 111 (Jeff) Shoygu, Sergey Simes, Dimitri First deputy head of the

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