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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

There were plenty of fireworks on Tuesday related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation and, once again, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort found himself in the middle of it all. At least one former federal prosecutor who watched the day's events unfold reacted to the court filing detail about Manafort sharing 2016 polling data with his Ukrainian lobbying associate Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian said to have ties to Russian intelligence. Former federal prosecutor and current CNN legal analyst Elie Honig said Wednesday on New Day that this was a revelation with potentially serious implications. While Manafort's attorneys spent the majority of their response to Mueller's allegations arguing that the special counsel has no proof Manafort "intentionally lied," they also noticeably failed to redact information.


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Here's what one of those redactions said:

In fact, during a proffer meeting held with the Special Counsel on September 11, 2018, Mr. Manafort explained to the Government attorneys and investigators that he would have given the Ukrainian peace plan more thought, had the issue not been raised during the period he was engaged with work related to the presidential campaign. Issues and communications related to Ukrainian political events simply were not at the forefront of Mr. Manafort's mind during the period at issue and it is not surprising at all that Mr. Manafort was unable to recall specific details prior to having his recollection refreshed. The same is true with regard to the Government's allegation that Mr. Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

In short, Manafort said that he didn't lie about sharing polling data related to the Trump campaign, he just needed his memory jogged.

"The campaign chair is the campaign. The campaign was sharing polling data with someone known to be connected to Russian intelligence," he said. "Is it collusion in the everyday non-legal sense before Rudy Giuliani started using the word? Sure. What could be more collusive than the top guy in a campaign with a Russian operative giving him the most sensitive data a campaign has?"

"Could it be a crime? Yes," Honig continued. "It is a federal crime to solicit or attempt to receive foreign election aid."

Honig expounded on these thoughts to Law&Crime.

"In the everyday colloquial sense of the word ‘collusion,' it is hard to think of a clearer example than the campaign chair sharing internal polling data – which is extraordinarily sensitive and proprietary and typically guides campaign strategy – with a Russian intel operative like Kilimnik," he said. "Political campaigns typically guard that kind of information like it's the Hope Diamond but here Manafort freely shared it with a Russian intel agent (and accused criminal who has been indicted by Mueller on other charges)."


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He should have the guy MIRV technology. Now that, he could get away with.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-09 03:17 PM | Reply

Correction: January 9, 2019

A previous version of this article misidentified the people to whom Paul Manafort wanted a Russian associate to send polling data. Mr. Manafort wanted the data sent to two Ukrainian oligarchs, Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov, not Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch close to the Kremlin.

Womp womp...

#2 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-01-09 03:58 PM | Reply

Collusion? No collusion, You're the Collusion.

What, my campaign colluded with Russian Intelligence?


Yeah, sure, but they didn't collude. You're the colluder, no collusion!

Fake news.

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-01-09 04:48 PM | Reply

Mueller Is Holding Top Secret Intelligence That Will Sink the Trump Presidency

Another day, another bombshell emanating from the Special Counsel investigation into President Donald Trump and his links to the Kremlin. We now have more proof that Robert Mueller really does know everything about 2016 -- and I can exclusively tell you how he knows it.


#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-09 04:51 PM | Reply

Mueller Is Holding Top Secret Intelligence That Will Sink the Trump Presidency

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

Only in your dreams.

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-01-09 04:57 PM | Reply

#4 We've had two years of proof. Oh, wait, it all turned out to be lies spread by Russian agents that worked for Hillary.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-09 05:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Oh, wait, it all turned out to be lies spread by Russian agents that worked for Hillary.

#6 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2019-01-09 05:50 PM | FLAG:

Lying shill.

#7 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-09 05:54 PM | Reply

#7 It is possible that Hillary didn't contract those high ranking Russian agents directly connected to Putin. I mean, the pee-dossier could have been made up out of whole cloth.

But I doubt it, considering what Mueller handed Putin on that Moscow tarmac.

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-09 06:12 PM | Reply


What are you even talking about?

#9 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-09 06:14 PM | Reply

#9 The briefcase with the uranium sample. It's well documented. You never heard of Uranium One? That's typical.

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-09 06:37 PM | Reply

It's Mueller's head too, not just Hillary's. That's why he was selected to deflect.

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-01-09 06:38 PM | Reply

You are just making stuff up now, Trumprat.

#12 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-09 06:45 PM | Reply


Stupid Russian got suspended for racism.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2019-01-09 08:14 PM | Reply

so... what's the end game? how do we put a bow on this pile of manure?


#14 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2019-01-11 06:24 AM | Reply

Maybe the witch hunt found an actual witch... considering the spell Trump has on his fans... somehow they cant see it or just cant accept it that he is garbage

#15 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-01-11 02:25 PM | Reply

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