If you haven’t yet heard, pretty much everyone even remotely associated with President* Donald Trump and his administration are pretty close to Russia. Though Trump denies the “FAKE NEWS” regarding his team’s collusion with the Kremlin to disrupt our democracy, more and more information continues to surface that contradicts his claims.
At this point, it is undeniable that former Trump campaign manager and admitted “foreign agent” Paul Manafort is dirty, but how dirty is yet to be seen. Manafort met multiple times during the campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, who spent a decade helping run the Ukraine office for Manafort’s political consulting firm.
But that’s not the end of it. Kilimnik also has the distinction of being a Russian intelligence operative — a spy, if you will. Politico notes:
When Kilimnik traveled to the U.S. in late summer, he drew the attention of U.S. authorities, according to a Washington consultant with ties to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
And when Kilimnik returned to Ukraine after that trip, he suggested to Kiev political operatives that he played a role in a move by Trump’s representatives to dilute a proposed amendment to the GOP platform calling for the U.S. to provide “lethal defensive weapons” for Ukraine to defend itself against Russian incursion.
“He led me to believe that he was involved in the platform fight, but not necessarily through Paul,” said a Kiev-based operative who travels in the same circles as Kilimnik.
In defending his boss, Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni accidentally admitted that the two discussed the DNC hack during a secret meeting in August.
“It would be neither surprising nor suspicious that two political consultants would chat about the political news of the day, including the DNC hack, which was in the news,” Maloni said.
For his part, Kilimnik denies ever being a spy despite attending the Military Institute of the Ministry for Defense, which is described as a “favored recruiting ground” for Russia’s GRU and a “breeding ground” for spies.
Things are heating up in the Trump/Russia investigation. The only real question that remains is “how much longer must we deal with this shit?”
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