Paul Manafort’s lawyers failed to properly redact their filing and revealed that Manafort offered to brief the Russians on the Trump campaign.
Jon Swaine of The Guardian tweeted:
🚨 NEW: Paul Manafort's attorneys failed to properly redact their filing. They reveal that Mueller alleges Manafort "lied about sharing polling data with Mr. Kilimnik related to the 2016 presidential campaign". Konstantin Kilimnik has alleged ties to Russian intelligence. 🚨
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) January 8, 2019
Laura Rozen followed up:
Manafort during campaign offered in email to Kilimnik to brief (russians) on Presidential race, to pay off debt he owed deripaska https://t.co/pF7XlVdCjR
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) January 8, 2019
The Trump campaign was an open door to the Russians
We now know why Paul Manafort didn’t take a salary while working on the Trump campaign. Manafort was trying to work off his debts to the Russians by providing them access and info on the Trump campaign. None of this answers the question which is at the center of the Russia investigation. Why were the Russians so interested in Trump?
The Russians weren’t interested in Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, or John Kasich, but they had a keen interest in Trump. The president’s claim that his campaign did nothing wrong is toast.
The Russia/Trump relationship goes back to long before the presidential campaign. Russia wanted Trump to win. The Russians were illegally helping Trump to win. There are only a few missing pieces left in the puzzle. They are what did Trump know, and was he engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the Russians to win a presidential election.
Trump is hanging on by a thread, and Robert Mueller already has answers that could lead to the snap of the final strands of the Trump presidency.
For more discussion about this story join our Rachel Maddow and MSNBC group.
Follow Jason Easley on Facebook.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association