Trump campaign chief Manafort’s associate Kilimnik gave Russia 2016 election strategy, polling, U.S. says

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A longtime associate of former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chief Paul Manafort gave Russian intelligence agencies “sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy” during the election that year, the U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday. Manafort’s associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, “also sought to promote the narrative that Ukraine, not Russia, had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” the Treasury Department said as the Biden administration announced new sanctions on Russia, Kilimnik and others. Those sanctions relate in part to Russia’s alleged effort to affect the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Kilimnik, a Russian and Ukrainian political consultant who worked for years with the longtime Republican political operative and consultant Manafort, previously has been identified as a known agent for Russian intelligence services. Former special counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election, in 2018 accused Manafort of lying about sharing polling data with Kilimnik during the 2016 campaign, according to a prior court filing by Manafort’s lawyer.

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