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Why Did Manafort Share Trump Polling? Mueller Leaves Clues (2)

April 25, 2019, 3:31 PM

Around the time in 2016 when Paul Manafort began sharing the Trump campaign’s internal polling data with an associate linked to Russian intelligence, each man was trying to advance an agenda.

Manafort was seeking to end a long-running business dispute with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. The associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, was peddling a peace plan that would give Moscow more influence in eastern Ukraine.

And Deripaska, who knew Manafort from the years of political consulting he had provided with Kilimnik’s help, was looking to reverse years of visa woes that had crimped his ability to move freely about the U.S.

Oleg Deripaska
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
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