In an interview published Monday in Insider, disgraced Trump 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort straight up admitted to passing internal data on voters to a Russian-allied Ukrainian political consultant Konstantin Kilimnik for his own purposes. “The data that I shared with [Kilimnik],” Manafort told Insider, “was a combination of public information and stuff for the spring that was – it was old.” This is bullshit as the Mueller Investigation obtained emails showing the data sent to Kilimnik was less than two weeks old when he had sent it in late July 2016.
Manafort maintains that his feeding the data to Kilimnik was not intended for propaganda farms to pinpoint where to target their Facebook ads, but it “was meant to show how Clinton was vulnerable,” and demonstrate that Paulie Smallnuts had not outlived his usefulness to his Kremlin paymasters and would have access to a future Trump White House. It’s not clear why Manafort thinks this explanation somehow makes him look better than if he had been giving them the data so the troll farms knew where to hit, or how it’s supposed to be mutually exclusive and it isn’t simply true that he was playing both angles – showing them how Trump could be elected and making the Russian troll brigades’ jobs easier. He even plays dumb and pretends he had no idea Kilimnik was in the Kremlin’s pocket. “None of us believed KK worked for Russian intelligence,” said Manafort.