Brexit funder Arron Banks handed the Russian ambassador a phone quantity for Donald Trump’s workforce after his election win, he instructed a stormy inquiry by MPs.
The previous Ukip donor – whose second assembly with Alexander Yakovenko was solely revealed in leaked emails – revealed he had acted as a hyperlink between Moscow and the presidential candidate’s advisers.
Mr Banks insisted it was the “solely factor” of significance that got here out of the assembly – “as a result of the Russians wished to pay money for the transition workforce”.
Go away-EU spokesman Andy Wigmore, requested if the Brexit marketing campaign had ever accepted cash from the Russian authorities, replied: “Nyet.”
Mr Wigmore additionally instructed the “faux information” inquiry that he and Mr Banks handed the Trump workforce phone particulars for 10 Downing Avenue after his victory which, remarkably, it didn’t have.
The pair have been giving proof after it was revealed they met Russia’s ambassador to the UK thrice in 2015 and 2016 – relatively than the only “six-hour boozy lunch” Mr Banks had beforehand acknowledged.
Emails leaked to The Observer and The Sunday Occasions additionally confirmed the ambassador requested by him if he was focused on collaborating in a Siberian goldmine deal.