Mueller met with Trump’s 2016 pollster in 2018

Mueller met with Trump’s 2016 pollster in 2018
Tony Fabrizio. Harvard Kennedy School panel video, Oct 2017

[Ed. – The reason these fraught disclosures are sinking without a ripple is that they’re idiotic.  CNN is touting this one because of a (grossly botched) story this week that Paul Manafort passed 2016 polling data to a Russian.  The original story at NYT said Manafort wanted the data forwarded to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska (who seems to be a crony of more Western left-wing and “deep state” personages than of anyone else), but it turned out Manafort actually wanted the Russian intermediary to get the data to two Ukrainians, both of them involved with the Ukrainian parliament and party politics in Ukraine.  The court-filing “error” that resulted in exposure of this handoff is notably convenient for the Russiagate narrative.]

Special counsel Robert Mueller sought information directly last year from one of Donald Trump’s campaign pollsters who is also a former business associate of Paul Manafort’s.

Mueller’s team met with pollster Tony Fabrizio in February 2018, an interview that has not been previously reported and takes on new significance after Manafort’s attorneys revealed Tuesday that Mueller’s team is still interested in how Manafort shared polling data with his Russian intelligence-linked colleague. …

In a filing Tuesday, Manafort’s attorneys tried to redact the fact that prosecutors knew Manafort shared polling data related to the 2016 presidential election with his Russian intelligence-linked associate Konstantin Kilimnik while Manafort was running Trump’s presidential campaign. The information was supposed to remain secret because it’s part of an ongoing investigation, but it was revealed because of a formatting error in the filing.

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