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Sat Nov 2, 2019, 07:41 PM

Internal Mueller documents show Trump campaign chief pushed unproven theory Ukraine hacked Democrats

President Trumpís former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, suggested as early as the summer of 2016 that Ukrainians might have been responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee during the presidential campaign rather than Russians, a key witness told federal investigators last year.

Newly released documents show that Manafortís protege, deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, told the FBI of Manafortís theory during interviews conducted as part of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller IIIís investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Gates told the FBI that Manafort had shared his theory of Ukrainian culpability with him and other campaign aides before the election.

The new information shows how early people in Trumpís orbit were pushing the unsubstantiated theory about Ukraineís role. And it illustrates a link between Muellerís investigation, which concluded in March, and the current House impeachment investigation of Trump. The president had pushed Ukrainians to open a probe into whether their country interfered in the election ó an assertion his allies have made in an effort to discredit Muellerís findings about Russiaís role.

The documents were released in response to lawsuits filed by BuzzFeed and CNN seeking documents related to Muellerís investigation. BuzzFeed on Saturday published the first installment of internal Mueller records, released by the Justice Department to the news organization in response to a court order.


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Sat Nov 2, 2019, 09:22 PM

1. No big mystery.

In Ukraine Manafort worked for the party of Putin's boy Yanukovich who was ousted in 2014. Two years later Manafort may have seen a chance to get some revenge by accusing and demonizing those damn Ukrainians that replaced his corrupt pals in Kiev--the pals who had been paying him millions (of rubles?) for his "services." Of course shifting the blame would also deflect attention away from Putin's hackers.

I've always suspected the Dump campaign picked Manafort specifically because of his ties to the Kremlin, possibly even as a requirement to receive Putin's help. Plus Manafort volunteered to work for "free," which may just mean he was being subsidized under the table in rubles.

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