• Paul Manafort denies that he shared polling knowledge with Russians to assist Trump get in 2016.
  • Manafort suggests that he shared the information to lay the groundwork for long run business deals.
  • Manafort has previously unsuccessful to remember specified details about him sharing knowledge with his associate.

Donald Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign chairman Paul Manafort explained to Insider in an exclusive interview that he shared marketing campaign polling facts with a suspected Russian intelligence officer to lay out the groundwork for potential enterprise dealings for himself and not to enable Trump get elected.

“It was meant to show how Clinton was vulnerable,” he explained to Insider.

He was making an attempt to leverage his connections with Trump to get a lot more income from “pro-Russia oligarchs,” Manafort included.

Manafort acknowledged he was mindful that he shared confidential polling info from the Trump campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, a company associate with suspected ties to Russian intelligence. In 2021, the Treasury Department found that Kilimnik then shared information deemed as “sensitive information on polling and marketing campaign approach” with Russian spies. The Division then sanctioned Kilimnik for this transaction. 

Manafort pushed again on the claim that the information was delicate and instructed Insider that the info he shared with the enterprise affiliate “was a combination of public information.” 

Manafort beforehand denied that he shared info with Kilimnik through Unique Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. He explained to Insider that he failed to remember sharing knowledge with Kilimnik throughout Mueller’s investigation due to the fact his memory began to deteriorate owing to the situations of his detainment.

Manafort’s job interview with Insider will come right after he put in just about two decades in prison on numerous fees, such as tax fraud and witness tampering, a outcome of Mueller‘s investigation. Trump pardoned Manafort in 2020.