The notes taken by Paul Manafort in a much scrutinized meeting in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign contained a reference to donations near a reference to the Republican National Committee, according to a new report.
Trump's former campaign chairman turned over his notes, typed on a cellphone, to special counsel Robert Mueller and to the House and Senate Intelligence committees.
NBC News originally reported Thursday Manafort's notes included the words "donation" and "RNC" in close proximity. However, an update of that report said that a spokesman for the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, disputed that "donation" makes an appearance. Grassley's staff reportedly had reviewed the notes.
When NBC News reached out again to two sources that it originally cited, they said "donation" was not the right word. The report said one source claimed that the word was "donor", while the other would only say that the word referenced political contributions.
It is illegal for foreigners to donate to U.S. campaigns.
"It is 100 percent false to suggest this meeting included any discussion of donations from Russian sources to either the Trump campaign or the Republican Party. Mr. Manafort provided the Senate Intelligence Committee with the facts and his notes so this speculation and conjecture is pointless and wrong," Manafort spokesperson Jason Maloni told the Washington Examiner.
Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner also attended the Trump Tower meeting, which was originally said to be about adoptions.
When news broke of the meeting, the president helped write a statement for his son, describing the gathering as "a short introductory meeting."
"I asked Jared and Paul to stop by," the statement said. "We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up."
Mueller is reportedly investigating whether Trump tried to conceal the actual purpose of the meeting. Emails released by Trump Jr. showed the president's son agreeing to meet with the Russians to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton.